Basil

Culinary file:

In cooking, widely used young basil leaves and flowers, both fresh and dried. Fresh basil has a distinct sweet aroma and flavor than dried herbs. The smell of spices close smell of licorice, clove, nutmeg, allspice. First Ste
Basil — a favorite of Italian, Greek, French, Transcaucasia (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan) kitchen. He put in a variety of vegetables, meat, fish dishes, soups, salads, pasta, legumes, egg dishes and Fri
Basil is used for salting and pickling cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, squash, porcini mushrooms, eggplant, bell peppers, as well as sauerkraut. Also basil for flavoring drinks: cocktails, tea, liqueurs.
Powder of basil is used as a pepper substitute in cooking, canning and sausage production. The bouquet with some spices basil gives the dish the original taste and flavor. A mixture of dried basil leaves, rosemary has a peppery smell, a mixture of thyme enhances sharpness dishes. Also, this spice is well with marjoram, parsley, coriander, mint, tarragon.

Application for medicinal purposes:

Basil raises the general tone of the human body, stimulates digestion, stimulates the appetite. The spice has anti-inflammatory and bactericidal effect, a positive effect on digestive, urinary system and gastrointestinal tract, eliminating cramps, constipation, vomiting, bloating and flatulence.
Basil in the form of tea, compresses, rinses, and aromatic baths indispensable for hypotension, colds, flu, mental overload, insomnia, migraine, nervous tension, toothache, otitis.
It is not recommended to use the basil in pregnancy for medical purposes, after a heart attack and stroke.

Alchemy of Love:

In many national cultures, basil is considered a strong aphrodisiac. For example, the Italian girls use this spice as a love potion, and a resident of the island of Crete generously added fresh basil in the dish chosen, if they want to tell him about his passion.

Interesting fact:

For thin noble aroma of the ancient Greeks called this spice basil, that is, the royal herb. The ancient Romans believed basil talisman wealth and prosperity. Hindus worshiped him as the sacred grass of the gods. A spice in medieval Europe was declared devil grass, the smell of which one is able to instill in the human scorpion.

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