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The name Basil name comes from the Greek word for "king." Romans named it “Basilescus” after their word for fire-breathing dragon, “Basilisk”, as it was thought to be a charm against the beast. Today, Basil continues to be used in many parts of the world as an anti-venom. Some early herbalists argued the herb could drive away melancholy, while others claimed it drove men mad.

Basil has a very long and romantic history. It is believed that Basil has been cultivated for more than 5,000 years. Basil has been used for everything from embalming mummies in ancient Egypt, to symbolizing love to the Romans, to being holy and sacred to Hindus in India.

Basil has also had it's share of dark uses. At one time it was believed that if a person placed a few Basil Leaves under a pot a left them, a scorpion would appear in their place!

Today, the vast variety of colors and flavors of Basils make them a choice Herb for gourmet cooking.

Basil’s symbolism in the Victorian language of flowers also reflects its dual nature. It signifies both hatred (for common basil) and best wishes (for sweet basil)!

To store, chefs say it is best to treat fresh basil like a flower. Put stems in a pot or glass of water; use within three to six days. Refrigerating fresh basil causes this delicate herb to develop dark brown spots, which ruins its flavor and presentation. To freeze, puree basil leaves with a little water; pour into ice-cube trays. Put cubes in freezer bags; keep frozen.

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Lime Basil Seeds Minette Basil Seeds Osmin Basil Seeds
Lime Basil Seeds
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Minette Basil Seeds
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Osmin Basil Seeds
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An excellent Basil from Thailand with a unique Lime scent A great miniature Basil for pots The darkest purple Basil with a great sweet Basil flavor
Holy Basil Seeds Queenette Basil Seeds Purple Dark Opal Basil Seeds
Holy Basil Seeds
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Queenette Basil Seeds
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This lovely purple Basil is grown near temples and in gardens all over India One of the most aromatic and flavorful of the Thai Basils Grown for both decorative appeal and culinary value
Thai Basil Seeds Amethyst Basil Seeds Baja Basil Seeds
Thai Basil Seeds
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Amethyst Basil Seeds
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Baja Basil Seeds
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Spicy anise-clove scent and flavor This Near-Black Basil will be a standout in your garden and kitchen Fantastic, sweet cinnamon fragrance
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Blue Spice Basil Seeds
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Ornamental Basil with a spicy, light vanilla fragrance A compact Basil with tiny fragrant leaves A great Pesto Basil imported from Sicily
Emily Basil Seeds Italian Large Leaf Basil Seeds Ararat Basil Seeds
Emily Basil Seeds
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Ararat Basil Seeds
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A NEW dwarf variety of Genovese type Basil A unique sweet Basil grown for high oil content and foliage production A multi-color Basil with a traditional flavor
Cinnamon Basil Seeds Genovese Basil Seeds Mixed Basil Seeds
Cinnamon Basil Seeds
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Genovese Basil Seeds
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Mixed Basil Seeds
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A unique Basil from Mexico with a great cinnamon scent A popular strain of large leaf Basil used in gourmet cooking An exciting collection of all our basils... plus!
Lemon Basil 'Mrs. Burns' Seeds Lemon Basil 'Sweet Dani' Seeds Licorice Basil Seeds
Licorice Basil Seeds
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Stronger and even more robust lemon flavor than traditional Lemon Basil! 75% more essential oils than other Lemon Basil varieties. Great in Lemon pestos. A very unique Basil with a strong licorice scent and flavor
Purple Ruffles Basil Seeds Red Rubin Basil  Seeds Siam Queen Basil Seeds
Red Rubin Basil Seeds
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Siam Queen Basil Seeds
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The perfect Ornamental and Culinary basil A great purple basil useful as an ornamental or culinary herb A red/purple basil loved for its wonderful aroma and a sweet spicy flavor
Spicy Globe Basil Seeds Lemon Basil Seeds Magical Michael Basil Seeds
Spicy Globe Basil Seeds
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Lemon Basil Seeds
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A very compact spicy cinnamon flavored basil. Perfect for container growing! Famous for its wonderful lemony fragrance. Excellent in tea. An improved variety of Sweet Dani type Basil with strong Lemon flavor
Mammoth Basil 'Napoletano' Basil Seeds East Indian Basil Seeds New Guinea Basil Seeds
East Indian Basil Seeds
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New Guinea Basil Seeds
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A lettuce-leaf Basil with large, crinkled leaves and great flavor A great clove scented Basil, used in India as a cold remedy A uniquely beautiful ornamental Basil
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