This herb, a member of the mint plant family, has been cultivated for more than 5000 years. It is thought that basil may have originated in India, but there is no clear record of when it was first cultivated. Basil may be most prominently known as a featured herb in Italian cuisine, but it also features heavily in Southeast Asian dishes like Thai and Vietnamese. Since we use basil in small quantities only, there is no appreciable nutrition. But, that doesn’t mean that we can’t add it to dishes to enjoy its amazing flavor! Some of my favorite dishes that feature basil include my Strawberry-Basil Salad with Toasted Pecans, Pulled Pork Wraps with Lime Basil Pesto, Basil-Avocado Baked Salmon, and Thai Green Curry.
Basil is a hardy herb that grows in most climates, so it is relatively easy to grow in an herb garden. But, it’s also generally found fresh in the vegetable aisle of the grocery store.