Monin Basil Syrup
Monin Basil Syrup is just one of a delicious range of flavours, used by coffee shops such as Costa Coffee and enjoyed across the country and further afield.
The bottles come in a 70cl Glass Bottle, and a 1l Plastic bottle variation which is ideal for bars, cafes and coffee shops, but can also be used at home.
Basil is a versatile herb which is part of the mint family. Used for its aromatic and sweet taste, basil is regularly found in an array of savoury dishes hence why it is among the most popular culinary herbs on the planet.
Yet its adaptable nature also means it works in a variety of sweet dishes and beverages, and this is where Monin Basil Syrup takes centre stage. With the assistance of this syrup, a fresh, herbal taste can be instantly added to smoothies, cocktails, milkshakes, whipped cream, and more.
Basil might be seen today as a diverse ingredient in the kitchen, yet this worldwide distinction has nothing on the herbs rich up-and-down history.
From preserving mummies to the belief smelling the herb would result in the brain growing scorpions, the history of basil is a bizarre, eventful one.
It is believed basil has been around for more than 4,000 years, where the first written accounts reference the herb being grown in Egypt. Due to evidence of basil residing in ancient tombs, it is believed it was used during this time for its preserving and embalming qualities.
The herbs association with death also travelled to other countries. Basil was used as a mourning symbol in Greece, while places such as Malaysia and Iran planted the herb on graves.
Naturally, basil also found its way to having a strong background as a medicinal tool. This ranged from it being used as a snake bite antidote to treating headaches.
The herbs supposed magical abilities were also in high demand during ancient times. At one point, it was assumed basil could identify chastity. If a woman held the herb in their hands and it withered, she was considered impure.
Indian culture identified basil as a source of protection in the afterlife, so it was planted around temples and placed with the dead. For those fasting, basil was also deemed a source of strength in Jewish folklore.
However, it wasnt all sunshine and rainbows for the humble herb. According to the people of Crete, basil was a symbol of the devil so it was placed on window ledges to scare off any evil that tried to enter. During medieval times, the herb was thought to be poisonous, and in the 16th century, physicians shared the bizarre belief that someone smelling basil leaves would cause scorpions to grow in their brain.
It was around this time that Britain was first introduced to basil. From here the herb was introduced to North America and, in recent decades at least, has become a global hit, earning the unofficial title king of herbs.
It is a frequent fixture in Italian cuisine, and it is also utilised in various Asian dishes. The fact basil can be grown indoors means it can thrive in even harsh climates despite its sensitivity to cold, which makes it popular for those cultivating in the UK.