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Basil

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£1.25

Price 20g

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Basil is considered one of the healthiest herbs. It’s best when fresh, exuding a sweet, peppery aroma that indicates not only the promise of pleasantly pungent flavour, but an impressive list of nutrients as well. Interestingly scientists have tested basil oil in diluted concentrations against several common but serious multi-drug resistant bacteria; it strongly reduced the negative effect of the bacteria. It is reassuring to think that perhaps there are natural killers of “super bugs” out there and eating a wide range of fresh foods keeps us healthy in more ways than one.

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Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the herb basil has a sweet, strong aroma and flavour.  Fresh basil leaves add to the flavour of any vegetable, poultry, or meat dish. The versatile herb is also used in tomato and egg dishes, stews, soups, and salads.

To prepare wash fresh basil in cold running water to remove any dirt or pesticide residues. Sweet basil is added at the final moments in the recipes to keep its fragrance and flavor intact; since prolonged cooking results in evaporation and loss of its essential oils.

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