Red basil

Red basil

  • +Description

    Red basil, a family member of the mints is a low-growing herb. Basil is originally native to Iran, India and other tropical regions of Asia. The herb is green or red and has a strong, warm and yet fresh flavour.

  • +Availability

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    Red basil is available from Israel.

  • +Main nutrients

    Antioxidants, Calcium, Fiber, Iron, Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Vitamin A, B6, C, and K.

Main varieties

  • Red basil

    Red basil

    The herb is green or red and has a strong, warm and yet fresh flavour.

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  • Basil

    Basil

    The herb is green or red and has a strong, warm and yet fresh flavour and is rich in minerals and vitamins.

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Preparation

Preparation

After being washed the red basil can be added fresh or cooked to a dish. Add red basil at the last moment, as cooking destroys the flavour.

Consumption

Red basil is commonly used fresh in recipes. It can also be used in salads, fruit jams, sauces, tea and with fruit.

When to eat

Fresh red basil can be kept for a short time in the refrigerator, or for a longer period in the freezer.

Did you know?

  • The Greek word for basil means "king".
  • The Hindi name for basil is Tulsi or Thulsi meaning Sacred or Holy Basil.
  • An African legend claims that basil protects against scorpions.
  • In Italy basil is the symbol of love.
  • When a Romanian woman accepts a sprig of basil from a man, she’s officially engaged.