Basil has large soft leaves in a vibrant green colour. The flavour is sweet and aromatic, with an uplifting spicy note that is often compared to pepper or aniseed.
It matches beautifully with olive oil, oregano, thyme, garlic, onion, tomato, chilli, pasta, egg, zucchini, capsicum, pizza, and green salads. Basil can be preserved by infusing the leaves into vinegar or oil. It is the star ingredient in pesto.
Our Basil contains Vitamin C and Selenium, so when eaten as part of a varied, healthy diet,it contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system - aiding resistance to infection and enhancing well-being.
It is sensitive to cold so if stored in the fridge it needs to be in the vegetable drawer, inside the bag. Use within two days of opening. Basil can be kept at room temperature by standing the stalks in a jar of water, away from direct light.
Culture and History
Basil has been cultivated for over 5,000 years and is an essential ingredient in many traditional Asian and Mediterranean dishes.