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It was apparently introduced to Europe from India in the late 1500s. There are several varieties of basil, but sweet basil is the most commonly grown, with more than 60 varieties to please the palates of those who love Italian, Indian, Greek, and Southeast Asian cuisines, among others.

Does sweet basil like sun or shade?
Basil is a tropical herb, and plants need sun and heat to thrive. Give it a spot that receives six to eight hours of sun daily, except in the South and Southwest, where afternoon shade is a must. Basil needs moist, nutrient-rich soil that drains well.

In the garden, space plants 12 to 18 inches apart, depending on variety. If starting seeds directly in the garden, sow seeds one-half inch deep, one inch apart, and thin to 12-18 inches apart after the first set of true leaves appears. If growing in a pot, choose a 12-inch container or larger.

Sweet basil has a predominantly sweet taste with anise and clove undertones and a fresh, fragrant, and slightly peppery aroma.

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