Basil gains its heritage from the mint family. The plant boasts small, shiny green leaves and a very distinct aroma. It's well-known for being the main ingredient in traditional pesto and is also a favorite seasoning in tomato-based pasta sauces. Try it thinly sliced in a salad! Basil's taste is best described as a balance between sweet and savory, with traces of mint, anise, and pepper while ultimately adding a hint of sweetness to any dish.