Sweet Basil, native to Europe, is an easily cultivated herb grown from seed sown during the spring. Its aromatic leaves are used fresh or dried as a culinary seasoning. Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon listed Basil on his 1810 broadsheet of seeds for sale. Thomas Jefferson's neighbor, George Divers of Farmington, noted that he was not able to supply Jefferson with the pot-herbs "Sweet Marjoram, sweet basil, or summer savory" in a letter written on 28 February, 1820.
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