sweet basil

noun

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

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Holy basil is different from the sweet basil we are used to in American supermarkets. Sallee Ann Ruibal, Cincinnati.com, "Thai cave rescue: This is the meal boys requested after being saved," 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, "Growing and drying herbs in summer is a great way to benefit your culinary world," 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, "Vetri Cucina continues to progress at an elite level," 9 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of sweet basil

circa 1647, in the meaning defined above

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