Basilikum

Basilikum, basilic, alfábega, manjericao

Ocimum basilicum L.

There are some 60 varieties of this annual plant, which can grow to a height of 50 centimetres. Its oval or lanceolate leaves range in colour from shades of green to reddish and purple, depending on the variety. There are some 60 varieties of this annual plant, which can grow to a height of 50 centimetres. Its oval or lanceolate leaves range in colour from shades of green to reddish and purple, depending on the variety.

Herkunft

Tropics, Subtropics, India, Southern Europe, Germany, Morocco, Hungary
Native to southern Asia and Persia, basil was introduced to the western world by merchants. Today, it is especially popular in Italian and French cuisine

Countries of origin

Tropics, Subtropics, India, Southern Europe, Germany, Morocco, Hungary
Native to southern Asia and Persia, basil was introduced to the western world by merchants. Today, it is especially popular in Italian and French cuisine

Geschmack

Basil has an agreeably pungent aroma and a slightly peppery, sharp flavour.

Flavour and aroma

Basil has an agreeably pungent aroma and a slightly peppery, sharp flavour.

Verwendung

Tomato and pasta dishes, vegetables such as eggplant, meat, fish, stews, salads, herb sauces
The volatile oils of basil provide such a broad range of aromas and flavours that it could virtually be described as a universal culinary herb. However, it harmonises particularly well with tomatoes, garlic, onions and olives. It is frequently used in vegetarian dishes containing eggplant, zucchini and other Mediterranean vegetables. But basil also enhances pasta sauces, fish, shellfish, poultry and pork. It is a main ingredient in pesto, the typical Italian paste made from basil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese and olive oil. Several basil varieties are even used in desserts and drinks.

Common uses

Tomato and pasta dishes, vegetables such as eggplant, meat, fish, stews, salads, herb sauces
The volatile oils of basil provide such a broad range of aromas and flavours that it could virtually be described as a universal culinary herb. However, it harmonises particularly well with tomatoes, garlic, onions and olives. It is frequently used in vegetarian dishes containing eggplant, zucchini and other Mediterranean vegetables. But basil also enhances pasta sauces, fish, shellfish, poultry and pork. It is a main ingredient in pesto, the typical Italian paste made from basil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese and olive oil. Several basil varieties are even used in desserts and drinks.


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