Basil or Sweet Basil has been considered to be the king of all herbs due to its captivating aroma.
This herb is thought to have originated from India, but is has come to be cultivated and used in other parts of the world. Basil can be used to flavor pasta sauces and meats such as Lamb and Turkey.
They are easy plants to grow and can be solely grown in pots if required.
Leaves are large, oval and pointy and bright green with a warm and also fresh and strong smell.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
Most of the time, basil leaves are crushed with oil or torn with the fingers and chopped to add to a dish. It is also added to boiled dishes at the last minutes for added taste.
Basil can also be sprinkled over salads and cut tomatoes. It is also used in a lot of Mediterranean dishes, and to spice different kinds of vinegar. Basil is the most common green component of pestos.
Conserving and Storing
Fresh basil leaves should be layered in damp paper towels inside a plastic bag and refrigerated up to 4 days.