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The Incredible Garden Herb : Basil

Basil, a wonder herb as old as gold and still holds its value of course with a variation. It not only has a medicinal usage but adds variation to our palate along with good health benefits. It has powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits. Not only its antibacterial feature but also rich in Adaptogen that helps to manage stress in body. In totality a power plant on a windows  is doing wonders silently

 All you must do is to pluck few leaves and incorporate it in your cooking. Without making any fuss your family is getting a dose of vitamins and minerals.

The recent change in lifestyle has made us to bring many changes, sometimes intentionally and sometimes unknowingly. Home grown yields is becoming a welcome change as it not only spares you from spending time and money at supermarkets but getting fresh and pest free goods.

Basil can be grown Indoors as well. All you have to do is take a 4-6” pot take a mix pack and moisten it after sprinkling KRAFTSEEDS seeds. Do not keep the soil soaking wet, it should be moist only. Southern exposed window will keep the pot warm and in a month time, the aroma of new fresh leaves will inform you that they are ready to use. Fresh Basil is a go-to herb in the kitchen,

A TIP while growing own basil:

DO YOU KNOW, what does it mean when you see stalks of flowers (sometimes dark coloured) on plant? It means that the plant is going to shut down and heading towards reproduction mode! You can pinch the flowers off. As it will help the plant keep growing!!

 

Another TIP-

To keep the Basil leaves fresh, stems are to be trimmed and then keep them in a glass jar with water and cover it loosely with a regular plastic bag and just keep it on your kitchen counter.

 

Enjoy from Basil tea, Lemonade to salads and pasta all infused with Basil power!!

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Fresh Basil Pesto Sauce

Ingredients:
2 cups fresh basil leaves
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
½ cup virgin olive oil
¼ cup pine nuts or sub-chopped walnuts
3 cloves of minced garlic
¼ tsp salt
A pinch of black pepper

Method:
Place the basil leaves and pine nuts or walnuts into the mixer bow
and grind it for some time. Add garlic and cheese, and grind for some
more time. Add olive oil, and grind it again for some more time until
you reach your desired consistency, preferably smooth. Take it out in
a bowl and add the salt and pepper. Your Pesto Sauce is ready to be
enjoyed your way now, as it adds that punch to any savoury dish of
your choice!

Note: Pesto sauce darkens if exposed to air for long, so make sure
that you store it in an airtight container or seal it with a cling film
while storing.

Enjoy!


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