Basil Trio

Taste and Uses

Basil is believed to be native to India and has been cultivated there for more than 5,000 years. It is best known as a culinary herb prominently used in Italian cuisine. However, it is also used in Asian cuisine. Whether you are using it for adding flavor to your favorite pasta dish or favorite Asian-inspired soup, it will add the perfect balance of flavors to any dish. Depending on the species of basil it can taste like anise, with a strong, pungent, often sweet smell.

Kitchen Tips

In order to get the most intense flavor, fresh basil should be added at the end of the cooking process. Any prolonged heat will cause the oils to dissipate, which in turn will reduce the distinct flavor basil adds. Use the stems as well as the leaves for added flavor as our plants are tender. When substituting fresh herbs in a recipe calling for dry, one part dry is equal to three parts North Shore Living®. Try one of our recipes or simply pair it with one of the ingredients suggested below:

  • Vegetables: zucchini, corn, bell peppers, tomato, green beans, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, eggplant, squash, spinach, artichoke, fennel, onion, potato
  • Seafood: lobster, shrimp, crab, salmon, tuna
  • Meat and Poultry: chicken, turkey, beef, veal, lamb, sausage
  • Soups and Sauces: tomato, vegetable soup, Pho, ramen, corn chowder, minestrone
  • Dairy: egg dishes, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, bleu cheese, goat cheese, feta cheese
  • Legumes and Grains: polenta, cannellini beans, rice, pasta
  • Fruit and Dessert: strawberries, pineapple, watermelon, mango, honeydew, apple, peach, nectarine, pear, fig, lemon, lime, orange
  • Herbs and Seasoning: mint, oregano, chili, garlic, chives, ginger, capers, curry, coconut milk

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