The word comes from the Greek, basileus, meaning king, and is said to have first grown on the original cross of Christ.
Even though it represented hatred to the ancient Greeks, they placed it in the hands of the dead to endure them a safe journey to the afterlife, and to make sure the gates of heaven opened for them.
A practice was to hang basil on a door, or by an entrance, to bring good luck and wealth.
Only in the last century has basil become popular in Greek cuisine.
Basil has a rich, spicy flavour, and is always added at the last minute in cooking, to retain all its taste.
Basil, full of vitamins, and an antioxidant, enhances the taste of tomatoes perfectly, in fact, it is said;
?Basil and tomatoes are best friends?!
You will find them in their simple vase in every flower shop, fresh market , also in the streets, and its a perfect idea to buy in summer for your hotel room , since it wards off mosquiots!
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