Spice of the Month: Basil

basil

Also known as “America’s favorite herb,” basil is a must-have for any home cook.  It enhances countless salad, chicken, fish, pasta, and vegetable dishes – tomatoes and basil, in particular, are a classic Italian pair.  Basil is especially versatile because its sweet and slightly peppery flavor comes through whether it is fresh or dried.  There’s something special about basil straight out of the garden or picked up at your local farmers market. Basil plants are very easy to maintain; consider investing in one if you enjoy the taste of its fresh leaves.

Herb Snapshot

Taste: Sweet, fresh

Shelf Life: Fresh basil = 1 week; dried basil = 6 months

Storage: Fresh basil leaves should be layered in damp paper towels inside a plastic bag and refrigerated up to 4 days; dried basil should be stored in a cool, dark place away from heat or light

Pairings: Zucchini, egg dishes, pasta dishes and sauces, Parmesan cheese

Avoid: Mixing with tarragon

Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean, Thai, Spanish

Check out one of our favorite blogs, Cheap Healthy Good for yummy recipes featuring basil.


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