A leafy, green, aromatic herb. Depending on the variety, basil can be sweet, peppery, or a bit spicy.
Unknown, but most likely India, China, or Ethiopia.
Basil spread west to the Mediterranean through ancient spice routes.
Used in traditional Ayurveda and Chinese medicine practices.
The History of Basil” by Peggy Trowbridge Filippone www.thespruceeats.com/the-history-of basil-1807566
Kew Science- Plants of the World online