Natural organic Basil leaves or Whole Basil is the cornerstone of any Italian cuisine, but it is often used in Thai and Chinese cooking as well. It has a strong distinctive flavour with a sweet undertone. The dried leaves are better and the organic leaves are very seldom used. The flavour intensifies the longer it cooks and it adds notes of nutmeg, clove and even pine to your dish. It’s an absolute must for meat or fish marinades, soups, stews and pickles. You could liven up your pasta sauces with a sweet kick by adding a pinch of basil as well.