The name “basil” comes from the Greek “basilikos”, meaning royal. The princesses of Byzantium gave it this name for its beauty and its fragrance. It was used as both a herb and an ornamental plant. Its culinary use developed strongly in the Mediterranean basin. To keep all its flavour, add it to your dish at the end of cooking.
Basil is essential in the preparation of pistou soup or pesto alla genovese, and is a wonderful flavouring for salads.