info: Basil is a sweet and aromatic herb possessing a unique flavor that combines well with a wide variety of dishes.
storage: Wrap in slightly damp paper towels & refrigerate. Keeps for up to five days.
Another option is to chop the basil & mix with a bit of water or broth. Pour this mixture into ice cube trays & freeze. Use the cubes in sauces, soups, & stews.
preparation: Wash in tepid water & pat dry. Chop to desired size/consistency.
Eat raw in salads & sandwiches. For cooking, please note that basil’s volatile oils (which give them their flavor) tend to dissipate under prolonged heat, so use a light touch.
Basil has a long and interesting history steeped in legend. Probably originating in Asia and Africa, it is thought to have been brought to ancient Greece by Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.E.), to have made its way to England from India in the mid 1500s and arrived in the U.S in the early 1600s. It was grown in medieval gardens and is mentioned in many classic herbals, including those of Culpeper, Gerard, Parkinson and Dioscorides.
Basil’s folklore is as complex as its flavor and aromas. In terms of its legend and symbolism, basil has been both loved and feared. Its associations include such polar opposites as love and hate, danger and protection, and life and death…. read more