The word Basil is derived from Greek, meaning “King”. That’s where it gets its designations as “King of the herbs” or the “Royal herb”. In some cultures, it is known as the “Holy Herb”. It was associated with the Feast of the Cross which commemorates the finding of the True Cross by St. Helena.
Basil is also called great basil or Saint-Joseph’s-wort. It grows between 30 cm and 1.3 m (12–51 in) tall. It has light green, silky leaves that tend to grow 3 cm to 11 cm (1.2 to 4.3 in) long and 1 to 6 cm (0.39 to 2.36 in) broad.
It has small white flowers and grows best in hot and dry climates and is susceptible to frost. It prefers well-drained soils and can be grown indoors like most herbs.
Basil as Used in Cooking
Basil is the most commonly used fresh in A recipe is a set of instructions that describe how to prepare a culinary dish and covers the ingredients and method. It consists of the name of the dish, the time it will take to prepare, the individual ingredients and the amounts needed to make the dish. Instructions covering the preparation method, the number of servings the flavor and texture... More. It is best advised to add basil late in the cooking processes to preserve the flavor which is destroyed by overcooking. The dried herb does not retain its flavor as well as other herbs and spices nevertheless it is still packaged ground and dried.
Basil can be stored refrigerated bags for a few days and much longer if blanched and frozen. It can be used chopped in the dish or tied in a bundle especially when used in the making of soups and A sauce is a liquid or semi-solid food served on other foods or used to cook other foods. Sauces are not normally served as foods on their own. They are used to enhance other dishes by adding flavor and texture. The sauce is derived from the French word salsa which means salted though they may be sweet or savory in... More.
Basil is one of the primary ingredients in Pesto. It is still a popular Culinary art is the art of the preparation, cooking, and presentation of meals. The term culinary means "Related to cooking". People who work in this field are called Culinary artists or Culinarians. In more common terms they are chefs and cooks. The requirements of these workers are people who have knowledge of diet, food science, nutrition and hygiene, design aesthetics,... More herb in soups and A sauce is a liquid or semi-solid food served on other foods or used to cook other foods. Sauces are not normally served as foods on their own. They are used to enhance other dishes by adding flavor and texture. The sauce is derived from the French word salsa which means salted though they may be sweet or savory in... More, meat and vegetarian dishes alike. As a herb, it provides very little nutritional value as the quantities are very little.
It, however, contains Minerals such as Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, and Phosphorus. In addition, it contains vitamin B family of Niacin is also known as Nicotinic acid or vitamin B3 and is useful for the prevention of nausea, skin and mouth lesions, anemia, headaches and exhaustion. It is also useful in the regulation of high cholesterol in the system. It an be found mainly in protein foods like liver, chicken, beef, fish, cereal, peanuts and legumes.... More, Riboflavin is also known as vitamin B2 helps prevent migraines and is good for cellular respiration. It can be found in eggs, milk, meat and green vegetables. Deficiency results in symptoms similar to Pellagra. Others include chapped lips, red tongue, sore throat, inflammation of the mouth and scaly rashes on private parts.... More, Thiamin, Thiamine or Vitamin B1 helps prevent disorders like beriberi and korsakoff's syndrome and can lead to metabolic coma and death. Yeast, yeast extract, pork, whole grain brown bread and other cereals are good sources of vitamin B1.... More and Pantothenic acid is also known as vitamin B5. It is a water soluble vitamin used by animals to synthesize coenzyme-A (CoA), as well as to metabolize proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Major food sources include dried mushrooms, liver, dried egg yolks and sunflower seeds among others. Pantothenic acid deficiency is extremely rare but symptoms include impaired energy production, irritability, fatigue, and... More. vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, and Vitamin A is a group of unsaturated nutritional organic compounds like retinol, retinoic acid provitamin A carotenoids like beta-carotene and is important for growth, immune system and good vision especially in low-light and color vision. It can be found in several foods including liver, cod liver oil, carrot, green vegetables, butter, milk sweet potato, Cheese and fish among others.... More beta-carotene are also present.
In terms of energy, it provides 22 A calorie is a unit of energy used in several fields. It is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius at one atmospheric pressure or the pressure at sea level. When relating to food, Calories with capital "C", also known as the food calorie the same energy as 1000... More per 100 grams.