As you probably already know there are plenty of varieties of basil. Being used on a large scale in all international cuisines, basil has lots of flavors: sweet, spicy, lemon, anise, licorice, etc. So, if you want to give your foods an exquisite taste, be sure that you have more than one species of basil in your kitchen.
A Little History
Basil is native to Asia and tropical India. It has been cultivated there for more than 5000 years.
An old record from 907 AD states the existence of Sweet Basil in Hunan region of China. It migrated to the West as a whole plant, because it can easily be grown indoors, away from exposure to frost.
Today we are not using basil only for seasoning, but also in perfumes, incense, and natural remedies.