Basil - Defined
Basil—The name of a favorite herb used in seasoning turtle soup. Cloves resemble it in taste and flavor, and since the herb is as a rule hard to procure, even in the large cities, the clove does duty for it in a very creditable manner.
One of the Standard “pot herbs;“ it is thought to be specially suitable for turtle soup; can be grown in any kitchen garden like thyme, marjoram, etc., and can be bought, dried and powdered, in cans.
An aromatic culinary herb, allied to thyme. It is included in the “sweet” as well as “ savory ” herbs, on account of its pleasant aromatic smell and taste.