• Basil, which looks a lot like peppermint, is native to India and is considered sacred in the Hindu culture because it is believed to be a favorite of the gods. To the Italians, basil symbolizes love, but in Greek culture it symbolizes hate. It is most loved and used in Italian cuisine, and it also plays a major role in Southeast Asian cuisine. This tasty leaf is a powerhouse of flavor and essential nutrients.
• Whenever possible, choose fresh basil over the dried form of the herb since it is superior in flavor.
• The leaves of fresh basil should look vibrant and be deep green in color. They should be free from darks spots or yellowing.
• Fresh basil should be stored in the refrigerator wrapped in a slightly damp paper towel. It may also be frozen, either whole or chopped, in airtight containers.
• Dried basil should be kept in a tightly sealed glass container in a cool, dark and dry place where it will keep fresh for 1-3 years.
• Enjoy a warm cup of invigorating basil tea by infusing chopped basil leaves in boiling water for eight minutes.
Basil is a very good source of vitamin A, through its concentration of carotenoids such as beta-carotene.
Basil is also a good source of magnesium, which promotes cardiovascular health by prompting muscles and blood vessels to relax, thus improving blood flow and lessening the risk of irregular heart rhythms or a spasming of the heart muscle or a blood vessel.
• Basil contains chemicals which repel insects. Certain experiments have shown that basil is toxic for mosquitoes.
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