Raised Bed Gardening Blog

Holy Basil

Basil is one of my favorite herbs. There are so many varieties to choose from and cook with, including Thai, African Blue, Lemon, Genovese, and Holy. The last is very important in India and Ayurvedic medicine. It has a spicy tang and is reminiscent of cloves. It supports heart, joint, vision, and skin health, and promotes optimal breathing. It also may help our natural defenses to counteract stress.  

I like to make up a big batch with garlic, parmesan, pine nuts, salt, pepper, olive oil, and of course, basil. When its ground and mixed up, I pour it into ice cube trays, and put it in the freezer. Then, whenever I want to cook something with pesto, I just pop out the appropriate number of cubes for the dish, and, Ooh Baby! I love it with shrimp and pasta, homemade gnocchi, or as a topping for bruscetta!.

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