Basil is native to tropical regions from Central Africa to Southeast Asia. It is a tender plant and is used in cuisines worldwide.
There are many varieties of basil and several related species or hybrids, also called basil. While most common varieties of basil are treated as annuals, some are perennial in warm, tropical climates, such as the closely related holy basil and hybrids such as African blue basil.
They are excellent for pesto, Caprese salad, and other dishes that require large, fresh basil leaves. Genovese basil uses are much the same as any other sweet basil plant.
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Recipes: Basil Pesto Recipe