An important ingredient in Thai and Vietnamese cuisines, Basil is now considered essential for tomato sauce and pesto. It is known for adding flavour to various meats, soups, stews, and sauces. Folklore surrounding Basil is part of many ancient cultures. Romans believed it would only grow if you shouted curses while planting. In Romania, if a girl gives her boyfriend a sprig of Basil, they are engaged.
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