King Basil

Is it bay-zil or bah-zil? Is it from Asia or Africa? And can breathing it in really make scorpions grow in your brain, ladies? To the last question, a resounding “no” and to the first, I say it’s up to you. As to the origins, that’s a bit of mystery, but the history of basil is almost as interesting as the many varieties available and the dishes that call for them.

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