Basil Herbs, Should Be a Permanent Resident in Everyone's Kitchen

By John Stills

Basil herbs is actually derived from a Greek word which means "King" (or basileus). Some origins of the word suggest that ancient Greeks and Romans associated the word and thus the herb as something malicious. Some myths concluded that one must yell and curse before any herb plants would grow from the seeds. While that was proven to be untrue, it's hard to deny that basil herbs are still a rather pungent spice, if not particularly angry.

In later times, basil came to represent love, and men in Italy would give women a sprig of basil as a romantic gesture. When it comes to cuisine, basil is usually identified with Mediterranean food, along with Italian and Thai specialties. However, did you know that this herb actually came from India? Yes, it was Vishnu and Krishna's own personal choice.

Growing Basil Plants

In some temperate regions, basil is often used as an annual and in tropical areas, it's sometimes grown as a perenial. Wherever it's growing, basil is quite sensitive to temperature and it grows better in warmer climates with lots of sunlight.

Basil prefers soil that does not hold the water too much along with premium quality compost or well 'matured' manure. It needs a constant supply of water along with good drainage. Basil will wilt quickly if it doesn't get enough light or it's positioned where it gets a breeze. Additionally. those looking after basil will need to add mulch to the soil to maintain it properly. The stems will need to be removed along with the flowers when it starts to get going.

It's not a shame, for the destruction of this pretty flower is what brings you basil, one of the tastiest herbs you can get a hold of. Gardeners should pick up the basil leaves before the plant starts flowering to experience the best flavor.

The Use of Basil

Basil herbs are not traditionally used as a homeopathic extract, its greatest resources are discovered in culinary use. However, basil does have certain antibacterial and antiviral properties. Basil is actually related to mint, and it has some value as a digestive aid, not to mention a smooth and comforting tea.

There are actually 60 known species of basil and many more we haven't discovered yet. Sweet basil is one of the most commonly used herbs for chefs, though lemon basil is just as popular for certain soups, beverages and deserts. Other notable types of basil include cinnamon, African blue (mainly used for aroma) and Opal basil.

Using herbs in cooking is best when they're cut fresh off the plant & having your own herb garden allows you to do this. Much of the basil found in shops has been harvested for quite some time & is nowhere near as fresh.

Just imagine the meals you could make with a fresh serving of real basil! - 29857

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