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June - Basil

Basil is a herb that is a member of the tropical genus, Ocimum, which originated in Africa and was domesticated in India. Mostly thought of as an Italian or Mediterranean herb, basil first came to those places through ancient spice routes from India. Basil is frequently referred to as the King of herbs.

Basil is full of health benefits. Basil contains Vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting. Basil is high in antioxidants, and contains anti inflammatory, anti bacterial, and anti microbial properties that can help fight viruses and infections. Basil can help promote cardiovascular health, help fight depression, and can help combat stress because it acts like an adoptogen.

Basil has a wonderful aroma and a mellow, pungent, bitter taste that can lend tremendous flavor to any dish. Basil has the unique property of being a natural mosquito repellent. If you don't want to be bothered by mosquitos, eat plenty of basil and they will stay away.

Recipe of the month:

Basil Pesto served over Brown Rice

4 cups cooked long grain brown rice

4 garlic cloves
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 zucchini (chopped up)
1 cup packed parsley
1/2 cup roasted walnuts
2 T. lemon juice
2 T. olive oil
1 tsp. ume plum paste
1/2 tsp. sea salt

1. Put garlic cloves in food processor and chop up very small.
2. Add rest of pesto ingredients and puree in food processor until pesto is creamy.
3. Pour pesto over brown rice and mix together.
* Pesto can be used as a dip or served over pasta also.


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