Cole & Mason Basil
Eat our Basil with a roasted chicken. Make your own mix with ground pink peppercorns, rosemary, basil and a pinch of rock salt. Stir in a glug of olive oil and rub into chicken before roasting.
Why not try going beyond Italian. Put feta cheese, basil, black pepper and a bit of olive oil in a blender. Then whizz it up to make a zingy spread for savoury biscuits or have it as a toast-topper. Tomato and basil is a classic pairing, but basil has other good soup playmates – like carrot, courgette, mixed vegetables, pea, broccoli and chicken.
Basil has a warm, peppery taste, with minty and grassy notes. The name 'basil' come from the Greek for 'royal' or 'kingly' – fitting, as basil is certainly herb royalty.
Indians first cultivated basil in 1000 BC. But it doesn't go as far back in the UK as you might expect – it didn't reach British shores until spice traders brought it to Europe in the 1700s.
Supplier: The Spice Company