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Kitchen Dictionary: basil

Pronounced: BAY-zil or BA-zihl

basil

A leafy herb from the mint family with a licorice-clove flavor. Basil is usually green, though there are purple varieties, such as Opal Basil. Lemon basil, anise basil, clove basil and cinnamon basil all have flavors similar to their names. Basil is a key ingredient in Mediterranean cooking.

Ingredient

Season: June - September

How to select: Available year round, but true harvest is summer. Look for even colored leaves.

How to store: Refrigerate wrapped in damp paper towels and plastic bag for up to 4 days or stems down in a glass of water with plastic over the leaves for about a week with regular water changing. Store the dried herb for 6 months in a cool dark place.

Matches well with: cheese, chicken, duck, eggplant, eggs, fish, lamb, liver, olive oil, onions, pasta, pesto, pizza, pork, potatoes, rabbit, salads, shellfish, soups, sweet peppers, tomatoes, veal, vegetables, vinegars, zucchini, tomato sauce

Substitutions: 1 tsp dried basil = 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil = 1 tbsp chopped fresh summer savory; 1 tsp dried basil = start with 1/2 tsp marjoram, oregano, thyme or tarragon then add more if necessary;

More Basil Recipes
Popular Basil Recipes
La Madeleine's Tomato-Basil Soup
Tomato and Basil Bruschetta
Nordstrom Tomato Basil Soup
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Nutrition Facts

Calculated for 1 tbsp, chopped
Amount Per Serving %DV
Calories 1
Calories from Fat 0 (25%)
Total Fat 0.0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.0g 0%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Potassium 15mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 0.1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0.1g 0%
Sugars 0.1g
Protein 0.2g 0%

How is this calculated?

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