There’s a reason basil, also known as sweet basil, is one of the most important herbs in a chef’s pantry. And it’s why we grow more basil than any other herb on the farm. Basil’s sweet and pungent aroma is unmistakable, and is a staple in many Italian recipes including pesto (it’s actually the main ingredient). Also used in many dishes native to Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam, this versatile herb, when used fresh, adds layers of flavor to any dish. In short, if there’s one herb you want in your kitchen, it’s basil.