Tips, Tricks, & a Recipe: Basil

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Fresh basil is one of the most heady, aromatic herbs and the smell of it makes me think of summer. Love dried basil in soups and stews, love fresh basil in salads, pesto (of course), pastas, brushetta and anything else I can think of. This is one my most favorite fresh herbs!

But it isn’t just the flavor that is so good—it’s also good for you. Basil is high vitamin K, magnesium, calcium, iron, vitamin A, plus lots of trace minerals. Add to that the fact its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities make it a healing herb, what’s not to love about basil?

 

Here’s today’s TRICK:

Grow your own! It is so easy to grow in the ground, a container or with a start from a nursery. When you take the leaves off the top, it will keep growing until your first frost.

 

Here’s a TIP:

Remember just the leaves; the stalks are bitter. To make a chiffonade (thin ribbonlike slices of fresh basil), take all your leaves, pile them on top of each other, roll them up like a big cigar then using kitchen shears, snip away. Fast and easy!

 

And your Basil RECIPE:

 

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