Basil is an herb, likely native to India. It’s been grown for over 5,000 years. There are roughly 60 different varieties of basil, but they all fall into 3 categories: sweet, purple, and bush.
Nutrition Benefits of Basil
Basil is considered one of the healthiest herbs. It is a good source of Vitamin K and has also had some various research studies conducted that show other beneficial properties. Basil has a unique array of flavonoids (a category of antioxidants). Some studies have shown anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and cardiovascular benefits associated with Basil.
Tips: Buying and Storing Basil
Buy fresh basil that has nice green leaves – not yellow or dark spots. We recommend purchasing organic basil. Many people will just grow basil in their yard or in their home. For others here are a couple good options:
1.) You can freeze basil! Here’s how: Remove the stems, rinse leaves (careful not to bruise them), dry the leaves, put them in an airtight bag (ie ziplock bag), and freeze.
2.) For keeping basil fresh, do this: treat them like flowers – trim off the base of the stems, put them in a vase/jar/class with water, store at room temperature out of direct sunlight (but still in a lit area).
Can I replace with Basil Essential Oil?
Yes. If you have a high quality basil essential oil that is intended for oral consumption, you can replace basil leaves with basil essential oil. We recommend starting with just 1 drop, trying the smoothie, then adjusting to your liking. Essential Oil is very strong, so you can easily over basil a recipe if you are not careful.Nutrition Facts