Basil and other members of the labiate family (which also includes thyme, mint, marjoram, oregano, and rosemary) “…are rich in fatty acids of the terpene family, which makes them particularly fragrant. Terpenes have been shown to act on a wide variety of tumors by reducing the spread of cancer cells or by provoking their death.” [Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, David, Anticancer, A New Way of Life, 2009 Edition]
How to keep fresh basil fresh longer?
As you may have experienced, fresh basil turns black on the edges and soon it’s not fragrant and wonderful anymore…so what to do? Store fresh basil just like you do cut flowers! Here’s what I mean…as explained by one of my favorite blogs, Kalyn’s Kitchen.