Quick Notes:

What is Basil?

Basil, a member of the mint family, is an ancient annual summer herb that is becoming a must in every kitchen. Basil is an essential everyday herb. The fresh variety has a pungent anise flavor, whereas the dried variety has more of a mint flavor. French varieties are even more pungent and anise smelling. Basil works well with rosemary (also a member of the Mint family), thyme, oregano, sage and parsley.

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What is the Origin of Basil?

Basil is indigenous to India, and other tropical and subtropical areas of Asia and Africa. 

Basil is Good for These Foods:

American and European cuisines including Italian and French flavor many dishes with basil.

Basil goes well with most foods, and has a great affinity with tomatoes and tomato-based dishes, Consider using basil for these other foods: asparagus, beans dried and green, breads, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, cheeses and their dishes, chicken, cucumbers, eggs, eggplant, fruits, lamb, marinara gravies/sauces, onions, parsnips, pasta, peas, potatoes, rice, cold soups, spinach, stuffing, tuna, turkey, and vegetables.

What Are the Health Benefits of Basil:

Basil is known to aid digestion, relieve mental stress, and improve skin beauty.

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