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The queen of herbs - Basil
Dried basil has a sweet, slightly refreshing taste.The aroma of basil leaves may vary depending on the species and variety.It is also worth remembering that dried basil smells completely different than fresh basil.This herb is irreplaceable in Mediterranean cuisine. Basil boasts a high level of vitamin K, has a moderate amount of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant which converts to vitamin A when digested.
Basil has a beneficial effect on the nervous system. It has an antidepressant effect and improves your mood. Basil leaves secrete essential oil. Just add a few drops to the water for a relaxing bath. Some people also recommend it for rinsing the mouth and throat because of its refreshing and disinfecting properties.
Serve with pizza, chicken, fish, lasagne, bruschetta or caprese salad.
Do you know that...
Basil is a herb that was considered a plant with magical properties. In Haiti, basil was dedicated to the pagan goddess of love Erzulie. In Mexico, it was carried in a pocket and treated as a talisman to attract money and ward off evil charms. In the Middle Ages it was used for love spells.