At the end of the summer, we still have achance to enjoy green. Presenting: organic basil!
This charismatic and mysterious vegetable conquered Israel during the last decade. And while it is at home in Italy and southern France, it originates in distant India. Its name is similar in Hebrew and Arabic - reihan. Why? No need to explain, because of its strong special scent. And why is it called basil? There are several explanations. In the Middle Ages basil was cultivated in monastery gardens, behind the basilica - a kind of church. But an urban legend says that the name comes from the Greek "king" because of the many virtues attributed to basil by ancient doctors (which we shall enumerate below).
In Italy, the realm of romance, basil was considered a symbol of fertility and love. A sprig in a man's hair symbolized his desire to marry his beloved. If the woman chose to accept the suitor, she would place a dish with basil on her porch.
Organic basil has black seeds that can be extracted from its flowers and sown in the spring. But it is also possible to plant young seedlings in the soil to shorten the waiting time for its flowering. There are many varieties of basil: lemony, pineapple, purple, curly, and even Yemenite.
And what about health? Organic basil has many medical properties. It improves blood circulation and digestion and is great for soothing red eyes and relieving skin itching. It contains antibacterial substances that are used to treat bad breath, to protect against tooth decay, and as toothpaste, and also to treat headaches and gases. In addition, basil contains phytochemicals considered to be anti-cancerous and to help control blood sugar levels in diabetics.
And in the kitchen? Oh, in the kitchen ... organic basil enriches almost every dish, pastry, and salad and, of course, pesto is a wonderful sauce and a simple spread on fresh country bread for a moment of indulgence.
Organic pesto sauce
So before basil enters its winter coma, be sure to add this wonderful organic green herb to your basket.
In health, yours,
The Garden team and Maggie