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1 Spice Preview: Basil on Tue 12 Aug - 8:20

Basil has a famous affinity for tomatoes. All along the Mediterranean coast, from the French Riviera to the toe of Italy, a common lunch of uncommon perfection is a crusty roll split and filled with sliced ripe tomatoes, a dash of salt, a generous splash of olive oil, and a few basil leaves, all gently squashed so that the juices soak into the bread.

The basil plant has accumulated considerable folklore. One of the oddest beliefs about basil is that if it is handled roughly, it will breed scorpions. The medieval Doctrine of Signatures, which asserted that “like cures like,” assigned basil as a cure for insect bites

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