Basil is one of the world's most popular herbs. In fact, the name basil comes from the Greek "basilikon phuton", that means "royal or kingly plant".
It is believed that basil is likely native to India, though there is historical reference to he herb in Greece and is estimated to have been discovered an cultivated more than 5,000 years ago.
It's a tender plant that is most-widely used in Italian or Southwest Asian cuisines. Basil leaves can be strung, pungent and sweet.