Basil (Ocimum basilicum ) King of the herbs, basil is a favorite among many cooks for its incredible flavor, which is at its peak when used fresh from the plant. The sweet tasting miniature leaves are ready for use straight off the plant. No chopping or mincing required. For best flavor, add fresh basil at the end of the cooking process. Includes: seed, glass vessel, soil-less mix, cork coaster, directions.