Health Benefits of Basil ~ One of the Healthiest Herbs
Excellent ource of Vitamin K (essential
for blood clotting) and Manganese; a
very good source of Copper, Vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids
such as beta-carotene), and Vitamin C; and a good source of Calcium,
Iron, Folate, Magnesium, and Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
Aids in Blood Clotting
High in Anti-Oxidants
Reduces Cholesterol, Helps Prevent
Atherosclerosis, Heart Attacks, and Stroke
Natural Anti-Bacterial Properties.
Specifically, its believed to restrict the growth of listeria,
staphylococcus, E. coli, yersinia enterocolitica, and pseudomonas
Anti-inflammatory properties aid with
conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
Creative Basil Recipes
Fresh Pesto - Blend 8
cups packed basil leaves, 1 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts, 2
to 4 garlic cloves and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a food processor until
almost smooth. Stir in 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese.
Garlic Basil Spread - This is great with
meats such as steak, lamb, chicken in addition to many fish dishes
including salmon, tuna, swordfish, and more. Blend 2 cups
packed basil leaves, 2 to 4 garlic cloves, olive oil, lemon juice
and salt to taste. Chop or blend in food processor.
Tomato, Basil, and Fresh Mozzarella Salad
- Slice ripe tomatoes. Stack fresh basil and mozzarella
on top. Pour olive oil and balsamic vinegar to taste.
Basil Lemon Granita (Italian Dessert Ice)
- Indulge in a tasty antioxidant dessert. Ingredients: 4
to 5 lemons, 2/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup chopped basil leaves. 1)
Grate 1 tablespoon of yellow lemon peel (lemon zest) from three
lemons. 2) Squeeze 3/4 cup lemon juice. 3) Mix the peel, juice, and
1 1/2 cups water. 4) Run sugar through food processor or blender
then add basil and blend again. 5) Add the sugar/basil mixture to
the lemon juice mixture and stir until sugar is dissolved. After
frozen, scrape a fork or knife across frozen mixture to create
shaved ice. Serve in chilled bowls immediately.
Succotash Salad - 2 tbsp butter, 1 chopped
sweet onion (~1 cup), 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen beans (lima,
edamame, fava, etc), 6 ears of corn (~5 cups of kernels), 1 pint
cherry or grape tomatoes halved, 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon
juice, 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese, 1/4 cup sliced basil, Flaky sea
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Melt butter and add
the chopped onion and a pinch of salt. Cook onions to taste.
Add beans and corn and stir over medium-low heat for ~1 minute until
tender but crisp (al dente). Let cool and mix with remainder
of salad ingredients.
How to Grow Basil?
How to Harvest Basil and Collect Seeds for Future Plantings?
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