Origin and natural habitat of basil
Basil was originally a medicine and herb plant from India, but with trade it first reached Asia Minor, North Africa, and then Europe,where it became widely cultivated. It is one of the most characteristic basic herbs of Mediterranean cuisine.
What dishes can basil be used for?
Basil is a plant belonging to the mint family, its intense taste and strong aroma can suppress other herbs, make sure you add it with care to achieve a harmoniously tasting effect.
- Its strong aroma is most characteristic in soups, sauces, ragus, as well as in stews and roast dishes.
- Tomatoes and basil together create a delicate harmony in Italian, Mexican and Spanish dishes,
- Pesto made from basil is a great addition to grilled dishes and pasta.
- Basil gives a special aroma to salads made in Balkan cuisine with feta, goat cheese and olives.
- It is a great addition to blend mixtures of thyme, oregano, marjoram, sage, rosemary, which can be used, for example, for pickling various meat dishes and for green salads dressing with wine vinegar and olive oil.
- Basil also enhances the taste of dishes made with chili and white and green peppers, it is a beneficial addition to soothe the extremely intense aroma of onions, garlic and shallots.
Store in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight.