Likely originating from Africa, and later domesticated in India, Genovese basil is a member of the tropical genus ocimum. There are around 165 species in the ocimum family and many of those have culinary uses.
A subtle peppery flavour complemented by aromatic sweetness.
Basil’s mild soothing and sedative properties can help on those days you feel a little anxious or irritable. Add a few leaves to your evening meal to help combat poor sleep.
With its aromatic scent and fresh taste, basil is a versatile herb perfect for everything from indulgent pasta dishes and pizzas to refreshing caprese salads. Making your own pesto alla Genovese couldn’t be easier, and is sure to impress. Simply blend a handful of basil leaves with parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic and extra virgin olive oil.