A herb most associated with Italian cuisine. Dishes such as pizza, Bolognese sauce, ratatouille, pesto, are all defined by the flavour of basil: pungent, a slight taste of aniseed & smell of cloves, a little sweetness. Basil has warm flavours which come out beautifully when cooking food slowly. Dried basil goes well with poultry when used as a stuffing. Pates, terrines, fish dishes all come alive when basil is used. And then there is pesto with pasta…a meal in itself!