sweet basil


Definition of sweet basil

: a basil (Ocimum basilicum) with whitish or purple flowers that includes several cultivars (such as bush basil) also : its dried or fresh leaves used especially as a seasoning

Examples of sweet basil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are a slew of varieties, although sweet basil is the most common. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, 26 May 2020 Urban Leaf offers a Culinary Trio of cilantro, sweet basil and parsley; a Mediterranean Trio of thyme, rosemary and chives; and a Fruit & Veggies Trio of tomatoes, peppers and strawberries. Kathy Passero, al, 15 May 2020 The shelves up high behind the counter were full of Thai snack imports for sale, like sweet basil Lay's chips, tom yum powder–dusted seaweed crisps, Cheeto-textured cuttlefish flavored rice balls, and sugar rush–inducing bright kelly green soda. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Jan. 2020 The Culinary Kit comes with the basics: dill, sweet basil and lemon basil seeds. NBC News, 27 Nov. 2018 Holy basil is different from the sweet basil we are used to in American supermarkets. Sallee Ann Ruibal, Cincinnati.com, 10 July 2018 Another way to preserve sweet basil is to make pesto of basil, olive oil, parmesan-like cheese and garlic. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, 8 June 2018 Like the stunning smoked sturgeon with caviar and peas, or a crudo of tuna and pickled blueberries over sweet basil and melon puree. Craig Laban, Philly.com, 9 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of sweet basil

circa 1647, in the meaning defined above

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“Sweet basil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweet%20basil. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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