Health Benefits & Cooking with Basil Leaves
What is Basil?
Basil is a plant with a long history of culinary and medicinal use. Basil is an herb that comes from the mint family. It has a strong flavor which makes it perfect for both sweet and savory dishes. Basil can be used in soups, salads, or even drinks to provide an additional flavor boost.
Basil leaves are used in cuisines around the world and can be found in many dishes, from Thai to Italian to Mexican.
Basil has been used for cooking since ancient times. The Egyptians were the first people known to use it as a spice, but it was also common in ancient Greece and Rome. In Europe, basil was mostly grown by monks who would use it for its medicinal properties to treat various ailments like headaches or stomachaches.
In Mexico, basil is traditionally used in salads or salsas. In contrast, in Thai cuisine, it is often used as an ingredient in green curry paste or added at the end of cooking for its fragrance.
Did you know?
Basil is also known as “sweet basil” and Ocimum Basilicum. Learn more at Encyclopedia Britannica!
Basil’s Health Benefits
Basil is a plant that has been used for culinary and medicinal purposes for centuries. It is also known as the “king of herbs” because of its versatility and diversity of uses.
Basil is known to have many health benefits, such as being anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal, and may even prevent cancer. This makes it perfect for people who are looking to improve their gut health or prevent sicknesses like colds, flu, and other ailments.
Basil has also been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and cancer. It also helps to lower blood sugar levels. The leaves of this plant also provide antioxidants that help protect cells from damage, which can lead to cancer.
Cooking with Basil Leaves
Basil is a very popular herb in cooking. It is used in both sweet and savory dishes. Basil can be added to sauces, soups, and curries for a burst of flavor. Basil leaves can be used raw or cooked in dishes like pesto sauce, tomato sauces, or pasta sauces for an extra flavor boost.
Growing & Storing Basil Leaves
Basil can be grown in pots, window boxes, or garden beds. It needs a lot of sunlight and water to grow well. Basil plants also need to be harvested regularly. Otherwise, they’ll stop growing new leaves.
The best way to remove basil leaves from the stem is by grasping them at the base of the stem with one hand while gently pulling them down with your other hand.
Basil should be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or wrapped in damp paper towels and stored inside a sealed plastic bag for up to 1 week. Basil will wilt if it is left out on the counter for too long.
Vertical Farming & Basil Leaves
If you’re not familiar with vertical farming, it is a type of farming that can occur in small areas such as a building, homes, or warehouses. It can be done indoors or outdoors. Vertical farms are especially useful for urban areas where space is limited, and the demand for food is high. The idea behind vertical farming is to take advantage of the benefits of traditional horizontal farming (such as not taking up valuable land) but to do so more efficiently by stacking plants and crops vertically.
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