If you enjoy gardening, consider growing basil. It’s one my personal favorites not only because it adds wonderful flavor to dishes but it’s also rich in anti-oxidants and has lots of health benefits. The good news is, it can easily be grown and thrives like a native in Bukidnon climate.
GROWING BASIL IN BUKIDNON
Growing basil in Bukidon is as easy as 1-2-3 as we’re naturally blessed with fertile soil and good climate. You can actually count this as one of your many blessings if you are a Bukidnon. People in other parts of the country are still praying for rain, but it’s been raining regularly here in our beautiful province. So let’s thank God for that.
You can start by collecting dried basil flowers and picking the seeds from them. The seeds are black, round and really tiny, like a grain of sand. I don’t know exactly how other people plant theirs, but I plant mine in individual pots so I can easily carry them into my kitchen once they’ve grown for easy harvesting. Besides adding a fantastic flavor to my dishes, they make excellent indoor ornaments. I drop a single seed into a medium-sized pot filled with soil and wait for a few days. Yes, one seed, and you can be certain you will have a basil plant.
USES OF BASIL
Basil is perhaps one of the many versatile herbs you can find. One of the most common uses of basil is as flavor enhancer. My mom uses basil in her spaghetti sauce, steamed fish, fire-roasted squid and many other recipes. I use chopped fresh basil leaves to liven up my egg omelette in the morning. Scrambled eggs need not be boring. You can load them up with anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals by throwing in a handful of chopped fresh basil leaves.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BASIL
Basil has lots and lots of health benefits. By adding basil to your daily recipe, you can be certain of getting your regular dose of vitamins A, C, E and K. It is great in preventing certain types of cancer, strengthening the bones and keeping your immune system in perfect condition.
To prevent the loss of its essential oils and health-promoting benefits, add basil towards the end of your cooking process so as not to overcook fresh leaves. For instance, you can add in a handful of chopped leaves into your spaghetti sauce just when you are about to remove the saucepan from heat.
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