Sweet, fragrant, and aromatic. The taste of sweet basil is like a bouquet with hints of mint, clove, and licorice. It's widely used in the cuisines of India, Southeast Asia, and, of course, the Mediterranean. The Greeks referred to it as the "royal herb." Try it in soups, stews, and sauces. Or chop it up raw and add to egg dishes, salads, and dips.