"The King of Herbs", basil is one of the most popular, flavorful herbs. There is a wide variety of basil available -approximately sixty different varieties. Used as a seasoning herb for many different types of food, its green leaves are easy on the eyes and pair well with almost every dish. Each variety of basil has a subtle difference in taste; some sweet or savory and others sour and spicy. The wide assortment of basil flavors lends this leaf to en- trees from Thai to Italian. It only takes one or two leaves to transform an entire dish, and give it that desired oomph of flavor!
Basil is considered one of the healthiest herbs. Basil has long been recognized for its beneficial properties in traditional Indian medicine, Ayurveda. Basil provides an impressive list of nutrients; vitamin K, which helps prevent blood clotting, vitamins A and C, along with other important minerals such as iron, magnesium and potassium. Basil is antioxidant, antimicrobial, and antiviral, and is also said to have cancer-fighting properties. These nutrients help prevent certain diseases and promote healing properties in the body. Basil is significant in many cultures around the world because of its undeniable benefits and uses for millennia.