By: Maura Anderson
Origin, Botanical Info, And Health Benefits
Origin: All of its common names refer to the herb's botanical name, Ocimum basilicum. Its a member of the large mint family.
Botanical Info: The entire plant above the ground is edible. When cooking it is good to use the leaves and the soft stem. But if you were to use fresh basil only use the leaves.
Health Benefits: Has lots of vitamin K, it is considered one of the healthiest herbs, essential to reduce blood clotting, lower blood sugar, lowers cholesterol levels.
Common Culinary Uses
The most common use of basil is for cooking, such as in tomato sauce, or vinegars. But it can be sprinkled over salads and sliced tomatoes, either whole or chopped. You should tear the leaves to save more of the flavor.
Interesting Facts, and Recipes
Fried Mozzarella, Basil and Nectarine Stacks with Balsamic Glaze
Thai Basil Chicken