Alternative names: sweet basil
Sweet basil leaves alter dramatically when dried, resulting in a concentration of volatile oils in the cells of the dehydrated leaves which give a pungent clove and allspice bouquet. This is matched by a faint minty, peppery flavour.
Dried basil leaves are ideal for long, slow cooking. They go well with poultry when used in stuffing, and add flavour to soups, stews and gravy. As the drying process concentrates the flavour, it is recommended to use approximately a third of the amount specified when substituting dried basil for fresh.
Produce of Egypt