Scientific name: Ocimum americanum
Origin: Tropical Old world
Medicinal use: It is a very common ingredient in Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine, due to its strong flavor similar to anise (Pimpinella anisum); It is used to flavor curries and sauteed vegetables. They are used as a condiment to flavor salads and pasta and pizzas typical of Italian cuisine. They also flavor fish and meat-based roasts, sauces, croquettes, meatballs, and even vegetable patés.
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