Native Basil

native-basil-bush.jpgNative Basil (Prostanthera rotundifolia) is an aromatic plant whose native distribution is in South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.

Long time inhabitants of the areas to which it is endemic apparently used this plant for medicinal and ceremonial purposes. 

Early settlers often called it the “Five Spice Plant” because of its delightful fragrant mix of basil, mint and sage.  It must have been wonderful to find this ingredient.  It can be used in any dish where sweet basil would be used, complementing any Mediterranean tomato based dish.

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