Marseillaise basil

Marseillaise basil
Ingredients: Basil
€6.70 10 g


Lightly sprinkle over pasta and Italian dishes.
  • Allergens Absent, except for cross-contamination.
    May contain traces of sesame, celery, mustard, soy.
  • Origin France
  • Storage / Use In a cool, dark, dry place.
€670 / kg

Olivier Rœllinger's words

I especially love this hand-picked basil that's grown near Montpellier and near Angers in France. The careful drying technique helps maintain its scent. This particular basil variety ('Ocimum basilicum') was first grown by farmers near the port city of Marseille.


Out of the many varieties of basil (green pepper, Thai, purple, etc.), we have selected Marseillaise basil because it retains its remarkable fragrance even after drying.
Basil is an extraordinary, beautiful plant with a pungent scent that's has notes of cloves and anise.
Basil is shrouded in an almost divine aura. The herb is native to India, where it is still considered a holy plant with protective powers. It is not uncommon to find ‘tulsi’ (holy basil, a different botanical variety) planted in front of Indian homes. Egyptians, Greeks and Romans cultivated basil to be used in sacred rituals. The Greeks dubbed it "the royal herb" (basilikon). In ancient times, basil was used as an aromatic seasoning. Today, it is most often associated with Provençal and Italian cusines.