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Ingredient of the week-Basil

Ingredient of the week-Basil

Italian Basil

What is Italian Basil (aka Sweet Basil):

Originally native to India, Asia, and Africa, basil was held to be a sacred and noble herb. In fact, the word “basil” comes from the ancient Greek “basilikhon” which means “royal”.

There are more than 60 varieties of basil, with Italian/ Sweet basil being one of the most widely used. The herb has rounded leaves that are often pointed. It’s a bright green plant, although some varieties have hints of purple or red in their leaves. 

Sweet basil has a very strong smell and a recognizable flavor. Different varieties of basil offer slightly different flavors. For instance, lemon basil has a tangy lemon taste, while mint basil has a refreshing minty taste.  

Basil makes a colorful and flavorful addition to many different dishes. It can also provide some serious health benefits. 

 

Why:  

 Basil contains many vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin. Many of basil’s health benefits come from these antioxidants, as well as its essential oils. These compounds mostly disappear during the drying process, so opt for fresh basil whenever possible to gain the most benefits. 

 

Key Benefits:

1. Anti-bacterial, Anti-inflammatory properties 

2. Lowers Cholesterol 

3. Packed with Vitamins and micro-nutrients that act as anti-ageing agent 

4. Excellent source of Iron 

 

Key usage:

Basil gives zest to tomato dishes, salads, zucchini, eggplant, meat seasonings, stuffing, soups, sauces and more.

Pesto — a creamy, green sauce — is one of basil’s most popular uses. It’s typically made from crushed basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, olive oil and pine nuts, though dairy-free options are also available. Try it as a dip or sandwich spread.

Basil complements other herbs and spices such as garlic, marjoram, mustard, oregano, paprika, parsley, pepper, rosemary and sage.

If you have fresh basil, take only the leaves — not the stem. It’s generally best to add fresh basil at the final step of cooking because heat can diminish the flavor and bright green color.

If a recipe calls for fresh basil but you only have dried, use just 1/3 of the measurement, as dried is more concentrated.

 

 How to order: 

1. Go to https://www.onlyhydroponics.in/products/hydroponic-basil?variant=40690961121479

2. Order Basil along with other items with cart value > Rs400 

3. Apply Coupon "BASIL60" to get 60% discount on Basil.