Basil is a leafy herb from the mint family, with a distinctive flavor of licorice and cloves, and it is one of the key ingredients of Mediterranean cuisine, mainly in Italy, Greece and the French Provence. Its most common use is to prepare pesto, an Italian sauce made with basil, pine nuts, garlic and parmesan cheese. Overall it is an ingredient that blends well with pastas, salads, tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant, among others. In addition it is ideal for the preparation of aromatic oil.