Italian cooks swear by basil. The herb is often combined with oregano when used to season Italian dishes. And there's not just one type of basil -- there are 60. While you can purchase cinnamon basil, lemon basil and purple basil, the most common one found in the kitchen is sweet green basil.
Basil is a rare herb in that its flavor actually grows stronger with heat, so it needs to make an appearance at the beginning of your cooking. Try making some tasty tomato bruschetta that uses basil or sprinkle a bit of the herb into your marinara sauce the next time it's pasta night in the kitchen.