Originally native to India, the varieties of basil are almost endless. There are several varieties and hybrids of basil cultivated worldwide. Basil is known for its sweet taste with a touch of mint and pepper and is used to add flavor to sauces, stews, soups, and most famously pasta dishes. It is the main ingredient in Pesto. Basil grows best outdoors in a sunny, warm environment and is not partial to the cold. To get the best flavor from basil it is best added at the end of cooking. Basil is also used to add fragrance to body products such as soaps, shampoos, soaps, and many more.