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Basil


      

Facts:
  Basil is a popular herb, and the species is most commonly the sweet basil Ocimum basilicum of the mint family.  Basil, originally from India, is best known as a culinary herb prominently featured in Italian cuisine, and also plays a major role in the Southeast Asian cuisines of Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Recently, there has been much research into the health benefits of basil. Scientific studies have established that compounds in basil oil have potent antioxidant, anticancer, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties.

Basil can be frozen, dried, or preserved in oil. It's delicious however you choose to preserve it. Basil is also available year round in most produce sections. Add leaves to salad or sandwiches with your lettuce, saute at the last minute with almost any vegetable and add to soups. It is also wonderful in herbal vinegars mixed with oregano and thyme.

Recipes:

Here's a page with multiple Basil recipes:  Basil & Bread Salad, Basil Mayonaise, Basil and Tomato Bruschetta, Basil Puree, Walnut and Basil Paste and many more!  It's well worth checking out this yummy blog!



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