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
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.
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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