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Basil is originally native to India, South East Asia and North East Africa. It is commonly used in Mediterranean and Italian cooking and is an essential ingredient in pesto.


How To Use Basil

With its versatility basil adds colour and flavour to a number of dishes. It can be added to most Italian pastas and pizzas, mixed with olive oil, tomato puree and garlic to make a salad dressing, or simply scattered on a tomato salad.

How To Prepare Basil

Basil leaves can be used chopped or whole and should be washed before use.

How To Cook Basil

Fresh basil can be added either after or towards the end of cooking, or used as a garnish.

How To Store Basil

Basil should be kept in a cool part of your kitchen, but not in the fridge.

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