Sunday, June 12, 2011

~Feed Me Something Sunday~

I've been busy today in our garden! Yay! It looks amazing and I even made another little herb garden today. I love fresh vegetables and herbs but my favorite most of all is basil. I can eat it nonstop. I planted a whole row of just basil. I might quick freeze it so I have it through the winter or can some homemade pesto or can it with some juicy tomatoes for a quick pasta sauce. I dunno but I'm giddy just thinkin about it. I thought I would give you guys a link to a website I like to visit that has some fresh herb recipes. YUM.  and now I will give you some nerdy but sage(hehe pun intended) health advice.

Benefits of basil:
 This fragrant and flavorful herb, a relative of peppermint, is an excellent, nutritious addition to your pasta sauce, soup, or salad.
An array of flavonoids exist in basil, which help to protect cells and chromosomes from damage. Studies have shown that two of these flavonoids in particular, orientin and vicenin, are useful in protecting cell structures and chromosomes from damage by radiation and oxygen.
Essential oil of basil has been shown to inhibit the growth of several types of bacteria, many of which have become resistant to antibiotics. This essential oil has been found to inhibit growth of the widespread staphylococcus, enterococcus, pseudomonas, and e. coli bacteria, among others. Adding basil to your vinaigrette will both enhance the flavor, and ensure that the fresh salad greens are safe to eat.
Eugenol, which is found in essential oil of basil, provides an anti-inflammatory effect, by blocking an enzyme called cyclooxygenase. Aspirin and Ibuprofen work by blocking this same enzyme. So, basil can have healing benefits, and provide relief from the symptoms of inflammatory problems, like rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel conditions.
Basil is also a good source of vitamin A, which helps to prevent damage to the cells by free radicals. Vitamin A also prevents free radicals from oxidizing cholesterol in the blood stream, preventing the cholesterol from building up in the blood vessels.
Magnesium is also present in basil. This essential mineral helps the heart and blood vessels to relax, improving blood flow. Other nutrients found in basil include iron, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C.
The fresh, spicy flavor and scent of basil will wake up any boring salad or soup. Use fresh basil whole, or shredded to add a burst of flavor to your dinner. If you are using fresh basil in a cooked dish, add it towards the end of cooking, so that the volatile oils will not be dissipated by the heat.

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so not only is basil tasty and you should eat it because I said so, apparently it's quite good for you*insert a pic of me shoving my glasses up my nose with my index finger* go eat something green and be a better human inside and out

1 comment:

  1. I'm a huge fan of fresh basil as well! I have to say, your plant is much nicer than mine. And I probably should have put in more than just the two. I put in a purple one, but it looks burnt up. Our weather has been crap, and I think the bunnies might be starting to nibble in my garden area. It's time to put up the fencing that I bought. Keep posting! I look forward to reading all of them!