Basil Leaf Powder
Botanical Name - Ocimum basilicum
Other Names - Common Basil, Sweet Basil
Origin - Egypt
Flavor Profile - Spicy and sweet, with a hint of anise. Combines well with most vegetables, especially potatoes, tomatoes and fennel.
Culinary Usages - Infuse in oil for lotions, creams and salves and in vinegar for use as a skin wash and hair rinse.
Cosmetic Usages - Sprinkle into soups, stews, tomato-based dishes and other cooked foods.
Aromatic Usages - Add to incense blends.
In the ancient world, basil was reserved for royalty, as evidenced by its common name that was taken from the Greek basileus that means "people's leader." The French refer to the herb as herbe royale and in Germany it is known as Königskraut, both of which translate to "herb of the king".
In addition to Italian foods, basil is widely used in Asian cuisine. In Thai cooking, for example, the herb is added vegetable stir-fries. Basil’s flavor profile is particularly suited to dishes that contain cabbage, peppers and eggplant. It’s also an excellent seasoning for dishes that feature tofu or fish.
In addition to flavor, powdered basil provides nutrients when added to foods or taken as a supplement. The leaf contains significant amounts of vitamins A, C and K, iron, calcium, manganese, copper, folate, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids.
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