1 lb bag $8.10
Cut basil is the leaf of a delicate plant that can be found as a staple in gardens and kitchens all over the world. Categorized under the mint family along with oregano, marjoram, lavender and thyme, the Ocimum basilicum plant has upwards of 150 forms. The most common type being sweet, or great, basil or St. Joseph’s wort. The popular herb originated in India before making its way through tropical regions in Southeast Asia and Africa, then onto Europe and the Americas.
The smell of basil is undeniable, and its taste is very similar. Its distinctive aroma and flavor are both sweet and pungent, enriching an array of culinary seasonings, primarily Italian and Asian. When dried and chopped, our cut basil delivers an even more powerful, concentrated flavor, and produces more essential oils in the herb itself. Dried basil is often added to salad dressings, tomato bases, pasta salads and dry rubs. It can also be sprinkled over vegetables and green salads. Besides being a great source of vitamins and minerals, basil’s essential oils are used in the medical and chemical industries.
Basil has a high nutritional value and is used often in teas to treat various ailments including anxiety, depression, asthma and diabetes. As a cleansing herb and natural anti-inflammatory, basil is thought to have therapeutic benefits and is attributed to helping treat:
- Respiratory issues and head colds
- Kidney conditions and fluid retention
- Many stomach issues such as gas, bloating, nausea, cramping and loss of appetite
- Snake and insect bites