The versatility of basil: kitchen, garden, and medicine

The versatility of basil kitchen, garden, and medicine
The versatility of basil kitchen, garden, and medicine

Basil is a great all-purpose seasoning for meat, fish, soups, and fresh salads – it is well known to all lovers of Caucasian and Italian cuisine. However, upon closer examination, basil turns out to be a surprisingly versatile plant.

For several seasons now, our family has been happily drinking aromatic basil tea. The bright, spicy plant has also found a worthy place in beds and vases of annual flowers.

Let’s take a look at how versatile basil can be and see what possibilities this familiar Southern spice hides.


WHY DO WE LOVE BASIL?

The Latin name for basil is Ocimum basilicum, which translates to “aromatic basil”. In fact, it is its unique, recognizable flavor that makes it so valuable.

Basil’s leaves do not vary greatly in color. Its leaves are usually light green or dark purple. The plant’s fragrance is indeed characterized by its wide variety.

All parts of basil produce essential oils, containing vitamins (B, C, PP, and K), phytohormones, and