Italian Basil Genovese
6 In stock
Storage and Preparation
Basil should be washed carefully to avoid bruising. It is best stored in the refrigerator wrapped in a slightly damp paper towel. Another option is to freeze chopped basil in airtight containers or in ice cube trays covered with either water or stock. Simply chop basil with a knife and add enough oil or water to coat the leaves. It should have the consistency of a thick paste with a four-to-one ratio of basil to oil. Spoon the herbal mixture into ice cube trays, freeze, and then transfer to well-sealed freezer bags. Alternatively, dried basil will keep fresh for about six months in airtight glass containers in a cool, dark place. Basil should be added at the end of the cooking process to retain maximum flavor.
Basil is native to India, other parts of Asia and Africa but is now grown in many regions across the world. In India, it is revered as a sacred herb- “Tulsi” and in Italy it is known as a symbol of love. As an excellent source of beta-carotene and magnesium, basil’s nutritional benefits extend to cardio-vascular health.Organically grown fresh basil is a healthier and tastier alternative to the dried option when available. Organic basil is free from the harmful effects of irradiation which leads to a significant decrease in carotene and vitamin C. We grow three varieties of basil-Genovese, Thai and Giant Leaf.