The basil section at the Old Airport Gardens are beautiful long rows!
Even with picking they look untouched as the bushes are so thick!
I have taken the opportunity to make pesto. As I am allergic to olive oil and rennet and do not find
pine nuts very appealing, I make my own “Roasted sunflower seed pesto”.
Roasted Sunflower Seed Pesto
2 c fresh basil leaves
¼ c roasted sunflower seed-unsalted
3 T grapeseed oil
1 tsp or 2 fresh garlic cloves
¼ tsp sea salt
Blend well in blender using Vitamix plunger if available.
Store in airtight containers and freeze.
Health Benefits of Basil
Basil is an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese, copper, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids such as beta-carotene), vitamin C and calcium, iron, folate, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.
DNA Protection Plus Anti-Bacterial Properties
Essential oil of basil has been found to inhibit strains of bacteria
Basil qualifies as an “anti-inflammatory” food that can provide important healing benefits along with symptomatic relief for individuals with inflammatory health problems like rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel conditions.
Nutrients Essential for Cardiovascular Health
Basil is also a good source of magnesium, which promotes cardiovascular health by prompting muscles and blood vessels to relax, thus improving blood flow and lessening the risk of irregular heart rhythms or a spasming of the heart muscle or a blood vessel.
In addition to the health benefits and nutrients described above, basil also emerged from our food ranking system as an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese, a very good source of copper and vitamin C, and a good source of calcium, iron, folate and omega-3 fatty acids.
Basil now grows in many regions throughout the world, but it was first native to India, Asia and Africa. It is prominently featured in varied cuisines throughout the world including Italian, Thai, Vietnamese and Laotian.
The name “basil” is derived from the old Greek word basilikohn, which means “royal,” reflecting that ancient culture’s attitudes towards an herb that they held to be very noble and sacred. The tradition of reverence of basil has continued in other cultures. In India, basil was cherished as an icon of hospitality, while in Italy, it was a symbol of love.
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This dog-approved leafy herb, well-known for its delicious role in pesto, has antioxidant, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. The next time you’re cooking with fresh basil, sprinkle a pinch of the chopped herb atop your dog’s dinner.