Basil

Basil, also known as Saint Joseph's Wort, is an herb belonging to the mint family. It is used to enhance flavor in some dishes and may have some health benefits.

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Health Benefits


  • Provides vitamin A, which is connected to skin health.

  • Like other leafy greens, basil contains vitamin K, which supports healthy blood clotting.

  • Thought to have additional antioxidant activity.

How To:

1

Pick

Look for fresh, vibrant green leaves with no dark spots or signs of decay.

2

Prepare

  1. Wash the basil.
  2. Trim the stems.
  3. Chop the leaves or leave them whole.
3

Store

Fresh basil leaves should be layered in damp paper towels inside a plastic bag and refrigerated up to 4 days. You can also place basil in a resealable plastic bag or an airtight container in the freezer. Fresh basil is easy to freeze and retains its quality for up to six months.

Better For You Tip


Fresh basil helps flavor foods without added sodium.