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Highlights:
Basil is generally used in small quantities, the only substantial nutrient it provides is vitamin K. Basil also supplies plant compounds, which contribute aroma, flavor, and health benefits.

Overview:

Basil, (Ocimum basilicum), also called sweet basil, is an annual herb of the mint family (Lamiaceae), grown for its aromatic leaves. Basil is likely native to India and is widely grown as a kitchen herb. The leaves are used fresh or dried to flavor meats, fish, salads, and sauces; basil tea is a stimulant.

Preparation Information:
Basil enlivens many dishes, including pasta, salads, and sauces. If using fresh basil, add it toward the end of cooking since heat subdues its flavor and color. Use about 1/3 of the amount of dried basil compared to fresh

Nutritional Facts:

Portion Size 100g Amount Per Portion Calories 233 % Daily Value Total Fat 4.1g 5% Saturated Fat 2.2g 11% Sodium 76mg 3% Total Carbohydrate 48g 17% Dietary Fiber 38g 136% Sugar 1.7g Protein 23g 46% Vitamin D 0 mcg 0% Calcium 2240mg 172% Iron 90mg 500% Potassium 2630mg 56% The % Daily Values tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet of 2,000 Calories.

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