Using fresh basil is a lesson in evolution. When cooked, basil substitutes a delicate pepperiness for an aromatic sweetness, helping standard dishes reach dizzying new heights. While most chefs are familiar with common sweet basil, the little herb has a number of varieties with distinct flavor profiles ranging from the citrus-forward to the anise-heavy. No matter the dish, basil has your back.
Peak Season: June - September
- Dark Opal