I have never had much of a green thumb, but over the past few months I've been growing a beautiful basil plant that is so beautiful, I feel bad when I take any leaves from it.
I have always enjoyed the fresh, sweet flavor of this popular herb, because you can use it in your favorite pasta, as an addition to your salad, and even as a desert - I've had basil ice cream and it was delicious!
When using basil in ho dishes, chop it julienne style or by shredding it into the food directly... However, add it when you are ready to serve your dish so it has enough time to release its flavor, but it does not wilt with the heat of the dish.
Per my personal experience, keep your plant in a place where it gets about 4 hours of direct sunlight, keep the dirt wet but not soaking with water, and in a place where insects don't munch on them, as mine was victim of a dark grasshopper that was enjoying it during lunch and dinner.
Have a sweet day!