Fresh Thai Basil - 130g
Basil is a flavorful, leafy green herb originated in Asia and Africa.
There are several types of basils and Thai basil has an anise-licorice flavor and is commonly used in Thai and Southeast Asian dishes.
Why Should You Eat More Herbs and Spices?
Herbs have been used since ancient times for their medicinal properties, mostly concentrated into teas and tinctures. More recently, their healthful value as a food ingredient has been realized. For one, herbs add a burst of flavor to food, allowing you to cut back on salt without sacrificing taste. And several herbs, including parsley, have significant amounts of the essential vitamins A, C and K.
But the true power of herbs lies in their wealth of protective polyphenols — plant compounds with potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Piles of studies show that polyphenols in herbs help combat such diseases as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and more. Polyphenols are anti-microbial, so they can help protect us from harmful bacteria as well. Although many of the studies on herbs’ effects have involved concentrated solutions of the leaves’ active components, there is evidence that their benefits still apply when they are cooked and eaten as part of a regular meal, too.
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As recipes demand relatively small amounts of basil, this herb contributes few vitamins and minerals in typical diets.
Here is the most notable nutrient content of 1 tablespoon (around 2 grams) of sweet basil:
Fresh leaves, chopped Dried leaves, crumbled
Calories 0.6 5
Vitamin A 3% of the RDI 4% of the RDI
Vitamin K 13% of the RDI 43% of the RDI
Calcium 0.5% of the RDI 4% of the RDI
Iron 0.5% of the RDI 5% of the RDI
Manganese 1.5% of the RDI 3% of the RDI
Though dried basil is more concentrated in nutrients, you use less in recipes compared to fresh. Therefore, neither is a significant source of most nutrients — except vitamin K.
Basil also supplies beneficial plant compounds that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and other health properties.
In addition, these compounds give basil its “essence” — or distinct aroma and flavor. That’s why oils derived from basil and other plants are called essential oils.
What can you make with Thai basil?
At Foodcraft we teach how to use this in the chicken bone broth class in a Thai green curry!
Chicken bone broth Green Curry
Want to learn how to make this dish? Join Gut-Healing Cooking Series: Chicken Bone Broth Cooking with Shima Shimizu!
In this class, we teach how to make bone broths and how to use them!
Product of Thailand