With its distinct aroma basil is one of the most widely known and grown herbs in the world. Often associated with Mediterranean cooking, basil is native to India and Asia as well as parts of Africa.
Basil offers a healthy dose of blood-clotting vitamin K — 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh basil provide 27% of the RDA — as well as vitamin A, manganese, and magnesium. Regarding vitamin K, talk to your doctor if you’re taking a blood thinner such as warfarin…you don’t want too much or too little K.
Use fresh basil whenever possible, and when cooking with it, add to the dish during the last few minutes for maximum flavor.
PLEASE NOTE: Basil is sold in one ounce units!