What is Sweet Basil?
Sweet basil is like the supermodel of the herb world – it’s gorgeous and everyone wants a piece of it. Sweet basil is an aromatic herb that is one of the most commonly used herbs in the cooking world. It has a sweet, slightly pungent flavor and is often used in Italian, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine. Sweet basil is a bit of a diva – it demands to be the star of the show. That’s why it’s the key ingredient in many dishes, including pasta sauce, pesto, and salads. If you’re feeling a little “basil”ic about your cooking skills, try using sweet basil. It’ll make your dishes look and taste like a million bucks (or at least a few hundred). Have some left over from completing your culinary masterpiece? Try adding basil to your accompanying cocktail!
How do you use Sweet Basil?
We prefer our basil as fresh as possible, but if you don’t have time to tend to a garden then we highly recommend our fresh dried organic sweet basil. Dried basil that sits on shelves in the grocery store have lost most of their flavor. Go ahead, try ours next to any grocery store brand, the difference will literally blow you out of your chair. We recommend using basil on everything! But if you’re looking for something more specific, sweet basil goes great on anything from pizza to pasta, salads and sandwiches, grilled meats, fish, or veggies, soups, stews, oils, vinegars, the list goes on and on. Don’t forget to slap some between your hands and add it to your cocktail too. You can muddle it if that’s your preferred method, but we don’t particularly care for chunks of basil in our drinks.
What are the health benefits of basil?
Did you know that sweet basil has the ability to lower stress levels? Add it to your tea for a little extra zen. It’s also been used for centuries, in ancient Greece they used it to treat infections and insect bites. In Eastern medicinal practices, basil was used to treat fevers, digestive and respiratory issues, and skin conditions. It’s also high in antioxidants, which to be fair, most unprocessed foods are. Research also suggest that it has the potential to help lower blood sugar levels, improve heart health, lower inflammation, and boost your immune system too!