The King of Herbs
Called the King of Herbs, the name “basil” is derived from the Greek word basileus, which means “king”. Because this herb has so many medicinal and other beneficial properties, it has also become symbolically known as the king of herbs.
Thin food: Basil has been used since ancient times in Indian, Greek and Chinese civilizations for a number of health benefits including weight loss. Optimizing digestion and facilitating new blood cell formation, they help in burning more calories.
What’s in them: 20% vitamin C, 17% iron as well as calcium, 16% magnesium, 10% vitamin B-6, 6% potassium and a variety of other vitamins and minerals. Recent studies in vitro reveal that they contain antioxidant, antiviral and antimicrobial properties. In 100g of basil, there are 1.6g fiber, 2.6 g of carbs, a miniscule amount of fat and no cholesterol at all.
Where grown? Hot and dry climatic regions of the world including southern states of USA.
Major health benefits: Treat respiratory disorders and cancer, improve cardiovascular and dental health, cleanse skin, control inflammation and fight stress and lethargy. Basil is an antioxidant herb.
How to eat: Raw in salad or with home-made curd, as a seasoning herb in a variety of dishes, boiled for 8 minutes in tea.
Good with: Curd, pesto, cabbage, eggplant, cashew nuts, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, salmon, tofu, pasta, tea, whole wheat brushetta.
Easy recipe: Chop up some tomatoes and mozzarella cheese, add basil, pepper, and balsamic vinaigrette dressing.