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

Examples of sweet basil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are plenty of basil varieties to choose from, although sweet basil is what's likely available at your local grocery store. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, 28 June 2022 Although another variety of sweet basil, this type has a spicier taste. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, 28 June 2022 The sunshine-in-a-bottle spirit is infused with lemons from Capri and Calabrian bergamot, along with the distiller’s four core botanicals: Italian sweet basil, rosemary from Greece, Turkish thyme, and Arbequina olives from Spain. Elizabeth Brownfield, Forbes, 11 June 2022 Your uncle might have a heavy hand with pungent garlic and hot chiles; your mother might lean toward sweet basil and coconut vinegar. New York Times, 17 Mar. 2022 Unlike sweet basil, Thai basil’s sturdy leaves retain structure and flavor even when cooked. Kate Kassin, Bon Appétit, 10 Feb. 2022 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 See More

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First Known Use of sweet basil

circa 1647, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sweet basil was circa 1647

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Last Updated

4 Aug 2022

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“Sweet basil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweet%20basil. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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