Basil, like many foods throughout the ages, has had a multitude of identities.
Basil is derived from the Greek word basiliskos, which literally translates as “Little King.”
It is alleged basil was a constituent in various regal potions and medicines; however, if you were to hop in your time machine and visit various eras and places around the globe, you would encounter many different associations with basil.
Legend of basil
Legend has it basil grew around Christ’s tomb, as well as on the spot where the Holy Cross was found.