Since centuries or even more, people all over the world have been reaping the healing benefits of the Basil plant, This super food is rich in Vitamins A and C, Calcium, Zinc, Iron, and Chlorophyll. It is known to be an aid in digestion, fights free radical activity, has anti-inflammatory properties, helps in skin issues, and also in depression. This unique-smelling aromatic power herb has long been our cold-companion, and I bet most of us remember our grandmothers or mothers having us sip into a hot cup of the honey-basil-pepper concoction to ease our sore throats. Pretty much for one herb, right? But this isn’t all of what this super herb is capable of. There is so much more to it. Read on to know.
Not your basic Basil anymore!
It is time that we take a step ahead and start incorporating it in our everyday foods, to reap maximum benefits out of it. The idea behind this should be to include it in the meals and snacks we have throughout the day, and also add them in our favourite drinks and beverages.
Grow your own Basil
Knowing the benefits and abundant properties of the Basil plant, does really inspire the gardener in us to grow our own too. The Sweet Italian Basil is known as one of the easiest herbs to grow indoors, provided it receives enough sunlight for growth. This popular garden herb isn’t hard to grow, and a little care would go a long way in planting Basil, if done right. Be it your window sill, terrace garden, kitchen garden, plant pots, or your lawn, Basil is hands down one of the most thriving plants requiring about four hours of sunlight each day, which I believe is not an uncommon sight, at least in India!
For your easier understanding, this is a breakdown of the know-how’s of growing your own Basil plant:
Once we have the Basil seeds, we can add them in the soil which has cocopeat mixed in it. In about 15-18 days of planting, we would be able to see the first signs of germination with new leaves coming out. For germination, the ‘Kraft Seeds Seedling Tray Pro Tray’ can be used.
During this phase, the saplings should not be under harsh weather conditions, and should be protected from too much sunlight. After germination, when the saplings become tiny plants, they can be shifted to the garden pots or in the kitchen garden, terrace garden, roof top balcony garden, or wherever preferred, for further growth.
We can then enjoy the growth of new leaves regularly, thus giving us the rewards of our efforts as we can start pinching few leaves every now and then to add to our delightful recipes!
The ‘Pluck and Cook’ Concept
With this magic herb now within your reach, all thanks to its easy planting and harvesting process, you can now easily ‘Pluck and Cook’; a concept that we at www.kraftseeds.com want to actively ingrain amongst households.
Through this endeavour, we would like to encourage more and more people to grow their own garden herbs like these, and thus, in no time make these herbs reach from their humble kitchen gardens or pots to their dinner plates.
Spice up your regular drink with the ‘Basil’ touch
Since it isn’t too often that we wonder how wonderful it would be to incorporate this miracle plant in our day-to-day meals, mostly drinks, we are here to help you with the same. I am pretty much sure that most of us in India must have at least once in our lifetime tasted the unique blend of tea and Tulsi, and been lectured by our elders of its benefits. Though we are not alien to this former concoction, we might still not be aware of the various ways how the Italian sweet Basil can be incorporated in our everyday diet. Be it a strawberry-basil lemonade, a watermelon-basil punch, or a cucumber-lime-basil mocktail, you can easily include Basil in your summer drinks and savour these delectable indulgences without any guilt. Beating the summer blues and boosting your health, both in one go! (For your reference, we have penned the recipe for the Strawberry-basil lemonade below.)
You can even try out your own preferred mix and match ingredients and might end up discovering your own signature drink as well!
Dine smart, dine healthy, dine with Basil !
How often do you get asked or maybe ask this, ‘What’s for dinner tonight?’ Maybe almost every day. This every day question does not have to be answered like you always did from now on. Maybe you just come up with this – ‘Guess what we’re having tonight? Its Basil Pesto.’
Ditch those beliefs you had until now that Basil was only a medicinal herb, and all it had to do was cure our cough. There's so much more to it and we have discovered so less of this aromatic herb. We are here to help you with one of the most delicious and popular Basil dishes that we bet will soon be one of your family’s favourite dinner time foods!
Though we can choose from Basil toppings on Pizzas to Basil Chicken recipes to Thai fish curries with Basil, the list of basil infused dishes are many. But here we go with one of our most favourite of the lot; the ‘Fresh Basil Pesto Sauce’. Use this sauce to spice up your chicken and rice, or use it as a spread in your bread, or go for the very yummy Basil Pesto Pasta! It’s your call and for you to decide, because no matter what you prepare, you would get a wholesome meal abundant in nutrition and taste to tickle your taste buds. And that too, with a produce that’s right from your very own kitchen garden. (You can check out the recipe for Basil Pesto Pasta below.)
So why waste just about another day not making the plan to sow the seeds and grow your own Basil? As we have known always; the right way to do things is to do it soon. Just get your gardening hands ready, get hold of our Non-GMO Basil seeds pack, and start planting. Happy Gardening to you!
Take 1 cup strawberries,
7-8 basil leaves,
and a little jaggery
Blend it all in a blender and blend until it forms a smooth puree. Then add ½ a cup of lemon juice to this and mix well. Take a glass and add 3-4 tablespoon of this mix into it. Add water or soda to fill the glass. Lastly add in some ice cubes. Garnish with Basil leaves. Enjoy your healthy summer drink
Fresh Basil Pesto Sauce
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
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.