Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is one of the most popular herbs in the world. Its most common cultivar, sweet basil, is known for its timeless flavor. (Nothing beats homegrown tomatoes sprinkled with fresh basil.) Many more basil cultivars have become  popular in recent years and bring unique tastes to the kitchen. This annual herb is easy to grow and makes a great companion plant to tomatoes, asparagus and other vegetables.

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All About Basil

Below we feature some of our best articles about basil. Learn how to grow and harvest this essential summer herb; discover how to incorporate its flavorful leaves into pesto, soup, pizzas, salads, biscotti and more; go over the medicinal properties of basil; ponder the existence of the mythological chocolate basil; and much more.

How to Harvest Basil Like a Pro

Basil plants are the essence of the summer herb garden. Learn how to grow, cook, harvest and store this popular aromatic herb in your home.

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10 Basil Plants You'll Love 

Did you know there are 30 to 150 basil species (depending on who's counting)? Here are ten of our favorites, such as 'Spicy Globe', 'Lemon' and 'Cinnamon'.

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A Cook's Guide to Basil 

Basil evokes platters of Caprese salad and endless pesto-tossed linguine. But this is only one part of the story. Discover exciting basil recipes.

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