common basil


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n common basil annual or perennial of tropical Asia having spikes of small white flowers and aromatic leaves; one of the most important culinary herbs; used in salads, casseroles, sauces and some liqueurs
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In literature:

In the same family we have the sage and the sweet or common basil, also giving up their essential oils on distillation.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 643, April 28, 1888" by Various
Basil, which is commonly known as the Chapel of the Holy Blood.
"Bruges and West Flanders" by George W. T. Omond
Only three varieties of common basil are listed in America; Vilmorin lists only five French ones.
"Culinary Herbs: Their Cultivation Harvesting Curing and Uses" by M. G. Kains
The Bush Basils are small, low-growing, branching plants; and are propagated and cultivated like the Common Sweet Basil.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
It was commonly believed that Leo VI., Basil's successor and reputed son, was really the son of Michael.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various

In news:

One of basil's most common uses is pesto and it's very easy to make.
Grilled Basil-and-Garlic Pork Chops, seasoned with common pantry spices, deliver Italian-inspired flavor with little effort.