Sweet basil is an aromatic herb in the mint family, cultivated for his leaves. It is a tender annual that grows about 40-60cm high. It prefers well-drained soil in a sunny position. Protect your sweet basil against cold winds and frost. Space the plants about 30cm apart and pinch out the growing tips and flower heads to encourage a bushy habit. Most commonly known for its use in Italian cuisine, with a strong, pungent, sweet and almost menthol aroma. When fresh, it has a subtle pepper taste which evolves into a faintly sweet anise flavor. Sweet Basil is a most beneficial companion for your other plants. In particular it enhances the flavour of summer savory and it helps tomatoes to grow larger and more flavoursome. It’s a good insect repellant for white fly, aphids and fruit fly. A pot of basil, set on a windowsill near an open window, will prevent flies from entering the room through the window.