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Gardening ~  Basil
 

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 aeruginosa.

  • 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. http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-succotash-salad-recipes-from-the-kitchn-192297

How to Grow Basil?

Coming Soon!  

How to Harvest Basil and Collect Seeds for Future Plantings? 

Coming Soon!  

 

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