Basil was introduced to Europe from India and its primary use is culinary. The pungent, fresh leaves are the principal ingredients of the classic Italian pasta sauce, pesto Genovese. It is particularly wonderful with tomatoes and mushrooms. A pot of fresh Basil is also useful in repelling flies and it was once traditional to place pots of these pungent-smelling herbs on outside tables of Mediterranean cafes. Another use of Basil is in an herbal bath because of its stimulating effect.
Each piece is cast in bronze from a mold created from samples of the actual plants. Each piece is hand finished using hand-painted or gold plated finishes.