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  • Writer's pictureJon Mychal Heatherly

A Sacred Herb Known as Basil

A peppery mint


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Find basil in many varieties from India/Southeast Asia, where it goes by Tulsi. Hindu people hold this plant in the highest regard. They believe it to represent the goddess Tulsi, avatar of Lakshmi, disciple of Lord Krishna. As a principal deity in the Indian pantheon, this herb connects heaven and earth.

Basil derives its name from the Greek “Basiliké Stoà” for royal gateway. Or it comes from the myth of the Basilisk, a venomous viper. Ocimum b is a sweet variety (Genovese), but you can also find spicy Thai, citrusy lemon, and other flavors.

Nomenclature: Ocimum basilicum Tastes: fresh, black pepper, hints of anise and mint Uses: pesto, pasta, salad, Margherita pizza

Recipe: Caprese Salad

Ingredients: Basil, tomato, mozzarella, salt, pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.

By JMHeatherly

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