If you have ever had dried basil leaves spice in your food, you must have associated it with that peppery flavour. The initial flavour of this spice gives way to a much sweeter note in the end. This is a very common spice. Especially in cuisines across the world which include but not limited to Thai and Italian foods. This spice has no additional artificial preservatives or ingredients. This is because it is believed that Basil is best consumed in its purest nature.
The dried basil leaves make a great spice that will make a good combination with any stews, sauce and salads.
You may also consider sprinkling some on your cheese for that refreshing taste. However, the flavour by the dried basil is always best in meals with a longer cooking period, like the marinara sauce. This is because sustained simmer for a long time bring out the mild sweetness of this spice. This is one spice that gives way for your imagination too. There are endless recipe combinations that you could try!
Dried basil leaves besides being a great spice, come with nutritional value. Basil will help you lead a healthier life. Some of these health benefits include: it acts as a great source of iron. Therefore it will be helpful in boosting the formation of haemoglobin in the human body.
More to that, the plant pigments of this spicy plant (flavonoids, orietin and vicenin acts as a shield to damage by radiation and distortion of cell structures by oxygen. Lastly, the Eugenol component which is an essential oil is an anti-inflammatory component to protect the body from arthritis as well as any other inflammatory problems.
The Easiest Tomato-Basil Marinara Sauce Recipe
- 1 can of tomato
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Add the spices to the tomato. Saute the minced garlic in the olive oil until it smells delicious. Add the can of tomato and the spices to the garlic and simmer the mixture over medium heat until it’s hot enough to serve. Serve it with pasta & meatballs, the all-time favourite! Enjoy!
Ingredients: 100% basil leaves