Basil is one popular herb, that is used when cooking, because of its unique aroma kai taste. Basil is also called great basil It is a culinary herb It belongs to the family of Lamiaceae (mints). The type used commonly as a flavor is typically called sweet basil or Genovese basil). The clove scent of sweet basil is derived from eugenol. As recipes demand relatively small amounts of basil, this herb contributes few vitamins and minerals in typical diets.