Basil has become an essential ingredient in many dishes, and we couldn't imagine its fine flavour missing from our kitchens. This herb, with its faintly peppery taste, originally came from Africa, and has become a staple ingredient in Italian cuisine. Basil fans take your pick: There are now around 50 unique varieties to choose from! Their aroma covers the full spectrum from spicy-sweet to peppery-lemony. Connoisseur Tip: Basil harmonises perfectly with tomato – freshly chopped for pasta dishes or delicious tomato sauces. Make sure to add the fresh basil right at the end of the cooking process, as too much heat could destroy the true aroma of the basil.