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It is popularly thought that basil was introduced by the Italians, when in actual fact, basil is native to Asia and Africa. It is from the mint family. In Romania, if a girl gives a sprig to her boyfriend, they are engaged, and a good Hindu goes to rest with a leaf on his breast as a passport to Paradise.
Look for stong fresh leaves without blemishes. Better still, grow your own!
Store cut basil in a plastic bag lined with kitchen paper to last for a week.
Tips & Tricks:
Tear the leaves or use a very sharp knife to avoid bruising, causing the leaves to blacken.
To fully release the aniseed flavour in a pasta sauce, fry the chopped basil in hot olive oil first before adding to the other ingredients.
Nutrition per 1 Cup:
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Benefits the Following Health Conditions:*
Intestinal Worms & Parasites
* This information is sourced by a qualified naturopath. It is non prescriptive and not intended as a cure for the condition. Recommended intake is not provided. It is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional practitioner.
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