Basil

Emily Slade

Origin

Basil is native to India, it was cultivated for more than 5000 years.

The name basil came when Ocimus was killed by a gladiator n Greek Mythology.

The whole basil plant is considered a sacred herb in India a "powerful protector" and was often planted around temples and laid with the dead.

How do we use it?

The entire above ground plant is edible.

When using fresh basil, try starting with just the leaves.

But the stocks can be cooked as well.

Basil Pesto

Ingredients


Directions

Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

If using immediately, add all the remaining oil and pulse until smooth. Transfer the pesto to a large serving bowl and mix in the cheese.

If freezing, transfer to an air-tight container and drizzle remaining oil over the top. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw and stir in cheese.

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Tomato and Basil Soup

Ingredients

Makes servings USMetricAdjust Recipe (Help)

  • 4 tomatoes - peeled, seeded and diced
  • 4 cups tomato juice
  • 14 leaves fresh basil
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • salt and pepper to

Directions


  1. Place tomatoes and juice in a stock pot over medium heat. Simmer for 30 minutes. Puree the tomato mixture along with the basil leaves, and return the puree to the stock pot.
  2. Place the pot over medium heat, and stir in the heavy cream and butter. Season with salt and pepper. Heat, stirring until the butter is melted. Do not boil.

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Basil is used in savory dishes, and can be used both fresh and dried.

Health Benefits

1. wide range of essential oils

2. useful in treating arthritis

3. some anti-aging properties

4.effective in killing harmful molecules

Interesting Facts

In some cultures basil is a sign of love and devotion between young couples


annual herb that grows to 24” in height with light green silky and tender leaves that appear to be creased


Basil cannot be planted outdoors until all damage of frost has past

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Basil Stuffed Tomatoes
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Basil Pesto Shrimp