The herb basil is a plant that is best grown in warm weather and is the most widely used while cooking. Sweet basil is the most common type which grows about 12-36 inches in height, and can be grown inside all year long. It has a sweet smell and gives lots of flavor to a variety of dishes especially meats, vegetables, soups, salads, tomato dishes and pesto.
Basil can be stored by freezing (keeps most flavor when frozen), or air drying in small, loose bunches and will stay fresh in the refrigerator for only a short period of time.
Besides cooking, basil is known to have many health benefits. A few are anti-inflammatory, pain reducer, fever reducer, liver protector, anti-stress solution, and immune booster.
If you grow nothing else, you should grow basil because buying those individual packs of basil leaves can add up in cost.