Basil has been admired since ancient times, when it was used to ward off dragon attacks, cure scorpion bites, and attract women (when worn as a hair accessory, naturally). The usual Genovese basil is just one of basil's many flavors; try Thai basil for an anise kick, or lemon basil with fish.
Dorie's recipes also include a corn, crab and basil salad, roasted salmon with basil tapenade, and a chilled zucchini-basil soup that sounds like summer in a bowl.
• Check it out: Basil & Friends at The Wall Street Journal
How do you like to use basil?
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