Origin & History
Although basil is currently associated with Mediterranean cuisine, it has Asian origins. In fact, it was not until Alexander the Great brought it home from his journeys that its use spread through all the Western territories. Basil is a typical ingredient in Italian cuisine and it is frequently cultivated in backyards or in pots for family use.
Basil is a key element in the preparation of the famous “pesto alla genovese,” a delectable pasta sauce made with crushed basil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic, salt and olive oil. It is also often paired with tomatoes in salads, sauces and as a topping for pizza.