Fresh basil has an initial subtle peppery flavour. The taste then evolves into a slightly sweet, aromatic flavour.
When cooking with basil it should be added at the end of cooking. Heat removes the flavour and if cooked for too long can result in bitterness.
Basil has a strong, pungent, sweet and somewhat menthol aroma.
Basil pairs exquisitely with lemon, tomato and garlic. Sweet basil is an essential ingredient in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine and loves being added to pasta, pizza, creamy sauces, dressings, soups, salads and olive oil. Pair basil with chicken, beef, tomatoes, eggs, chives, dill, oregano, rosemary, thyme, pepper and sea salt.