Basil is a culinary herb that belongs to the mint family. The scientific name of basil is Ocimum basilicum. It is native to warm, tropical regions of Asia, and is grown in large-scale in Iran, India, southern parts of Asia, etc. Basil leaves are light green in color with a soft texture and refreshing strong aroma. It is widely used for seasoning foods particularly in Italian cuisine. It also features in cuisines of Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Cambodia.