― Basil is an herb that kitchen gardeners want to grow the most. As Gayla Trail so eloquently writes in my new favorite book Easy Growing, "The very essence of summer is captured in the aroma of a freshly picked basil leaf." It is enjoyed for its rich and spicy, mildly peppery flavor with a trace of mint and clove. Basil is an annual herb that belongs to the mint family, and like others in this family, it can be identified by its square, hairy stems. The foliage is easily bruised. Varieties can [...].