Basil contains many vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants. Many of basil’s health benefits come from these antioxidants, as well as its essential oils. These compounds are removed during the drying process, so opt for local fresh basil whenever possible.
A fragrant herb used in a variety of dishes. Basil plays a key role in Italian and Thai cooking.
Basil flowers are edible and can be used in any recipe that calls for basil, or to garnish drinks, salads, soups, pasta, and desserts.
How to use
I find that I eat more salad if it’s ready to go. So, when I take salad home, I do the following: Fill a large bowl with cold water.
- Fully submerge the lettuce in the water, then gently agitate the leaves to release any debris.
- Remove the lettuce from the water, then gently and thoroughly pat dry between paper towels or spin-dry the leaves in a salad spinner.
- Line a sturdy glass or plastic container with a few paper towels, then scatter your greens on top. Top with a matching lid and refrigerate. There should be some room in the container for the air to circulate, and the paper towels will absorb any excess moisture. (Circulation is key!)
- Don’t have an appropriate glass or plastic container? Use a plastic bag, just be sure to leave a small portion of it open so air can circulate. Leafy greens should stay fresh and crisp for 7 to 10 days. You can revive wilting lettuce by submerging the leaves in a bowl of ice water. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, then remove and thoroughly pat dry. This will shock and crisp up the leaves.