Culinary Notes :
Basil Leaves are used in the following ways:
- Dried basil is best used for dishes that require cooking for long periods of time, such as stews, soups and casseroles.
- By drying the basil leaves it locks in the wonderful flavour and aromas.
- It is also particularly useful when the fresh herb is not available.
Basil is a rich source of potassium, manganese, copper and has antioxidant properties. It also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is a popular kitchen herb used for flavouring food. It is also widely regarded for its health-enhancing properties. Basil has been a staple of medicine for generations and the herb has been used to treat a variety of different conditions, from inflammation to bug bites.
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Other names or spelling: Sweet Basil, Ocimum basilicum