basil herb

Tender and silky with a fresh, lingering fragrance, basil leaves bring brightness to a wide range of dishes but they need to be used with care. Chopping damages their fragile makeup so that cut edges quickly turn black.

Classic basil matches are tomatoes, olive oil, fresh cheese and lemon. It is the key ingredient of pesto Genovese sauce, which can be served with baked potatoes, white fish, chicken and lamb as well as pasta.