May 13, 2009


Loaded with vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin B6, and magnesium, basil comes in over 50 different varieties, such as purple or lemon. The herb pairs beautifully with any tomato dish. It also is the main ingredient in traditional pesto sauce. Another way to use basil is to chop a few leaves and sprinkle over chicken or white bean soup. Other herbs can overpower basil, so use it when you want the flavor to shine through.