Basil is a tender low growing herb. The plant may grow from 12 inches to over 3 feet in height depending on the climate in which it is planted. Basil flowers grow in a spike configuration and most varieties produce white blossoms. It flourishes in areas that are warm and dry. The flavor of basil resembles that of anise, and can vary quite a lot depending on the variety. Many in the culinary world consider it the "king of herbs" due to its many uses in cooking. It is used heavily in Mediterranean dishes and is prominent in many Southeast Asian cuisines.

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  • Nutrition Info
  • Serving Size: 2 tbsp chopped fresh, 5.3 g
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories: 1
  • Calories from fat: 0
  • Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 0mg
  • Total Carbs: .14g
    • Fiber: .1g
    • Sugars: g
  • Protein: .17g
  • Vitamin A: 6%
  • Vitamin C: 2%
  • Calcium: 1%
  • Iron: 1%


Handling & Storage


Year round

Also Known As

  • Sweet Basil
  • Green Basil

Basil stores best at 50° F and above and must be protected from cold. Store cut basil dry and wrapped in plastic. If the basil is rooted or has recently been cut, it will store well in water on a countertop or table, away from cold drafts. Rinse just before use.


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