Fresh basil has an initial subtle peppery flavour. The taste then evolves into a slightly sweet, aromatic flavour.
Basil pairs exquisitely with lemon, tomato and garlic. It's an essential ingredient in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine and loves being added to pasta, salad, pizza and soups.
When cooking with basil it should be added at the end of cooking. Heat removes the flavour and if cooked for too long can result in bitterness.