― Ah, Basil! Where do I start my ode to this beautiful and versatile herb? This king of herbs has many uses across the world. Basil is native to India where it is known as tulsiand has many holy and medicinal uses. Other Asian variants are the Thai basil and Lemon basil, which are used in cooking. But my favourite is the Sweet Basil that is used extensively in Italian cuisine and which imparts a pungent yet sweet aroma to the piatti (dishes). ∙ Many Italian dishes use fresh basil leaves to [...].