Herby Mondays – Basil

Basil

 

 

 

 

 

I inspire poetry,
Keep cough and cold at bay.
Am native to my country
Seasoning all the way…

Whether used by a pinch or by a handful, fresh basil is one of the most important culinary herbs. It pulls a recipe together by infusing the dish with its unparalleled flavors. Used extensively in Indian, Italian, Thai, and cooking, this royal herb is used in sauces, sandwiches, pizza, soups and seasonings. They are best married to tomatoes when it comes to salads. The famous Italian salad ‘Insalata Caprese’, made from tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, olive oil is unfinished without basil. The top 4 types of basil that are used in cooking are Holy Basil- Medicinal properties, ‘Sweet Basil’-Italian cuisine, Lemon & Thai Basil – Thai cuisine. The benefits are multifold – it has anti-bacterial, antiviral and immune enhancing properties.

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