Basil, an herb, which is aromatic green leaf a member of the mint family. In cooking, holy basil is often added to stir-fry dishes and spicy soups because of its peppery taste. Cookbooks sometimes call it “hot basil. Romans made Basil a symbol of love and fertility and settlers’ early America valued it. Example of Foods used in -Tomato dishes, pesto, egg dishes, salads, marinades, fish and compound butters.