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Basil is widely used in the cuisine of:
- Europe, especially Italy
- Asia, notably Thailand; other varieties are grown such as lemon basil in Indonesia (kemangi) and varieties known as "holy basil" in Thailand (krapow) and India.
Growing in winter
In a mild climate, (e.g. Sydney or Perth in Australia, or the southern United States) basil can be grown over winter, if given a sheltered location. Basil may even be made to survive another year if cut back very hard (removing almost the entire bush) to prevent going to seed. This might need to be performed multiple times, especially removing any buds and flowers that manage to form.
Basil may be grown in winter in colder climates by growing in a pot which is moved indoors, preferably near a sunny window, or into a greenhouse.