Bulk Basil (Egyptian) Cut & Sifted

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Basil (Egyptian) Cut & Sifted

1/4 Pound:  $2.48 Pound:  $5.50 buy now  

Common basil, sometimes called Saint Joseph's Wort, is widely cultivated in Egypt. This herb offers the same great taste as European sweet basil grown in the U.S., but tends to be more robust with minty undertones.

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information at a glance

approximate cups to one pound17
active compounds1,8 cineol, linalool, eugenol
plant part usedleaf
processingcut & sifted
why buy cut & sifted basil leaf?Adds a slightly peppery flavor to foods and scent to cosmetics. Also has household applications.

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in an airtight container away from direct light, heat and moisture.
appearance & aromaMedium green with a strong aroma.


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cosmeticBasil-infused oils and vinegars are used in skin and hair products and in topical salves, ointments and creams.
culinaryWidely used in Italian, Greek, Indian, Thai and Vietnamese cuisines. Basil is also added to teas.
householdStrong infusions are used in natural cleaners.
aromaticUsed in incense blends and perfumery.
wellnessBasil is a source of antioxidant and antibacterial compounds.

flavor profile

basil leaf

Peppery with a mild clove or anise-like flavor.

culinary companions

Excellent with tomatoes, fennel, potatoes, roasted and grilled chicken, chick peas, rosemary, black pepper, garlic and oregano.

what else you should know

basil leaf

Basil is known to most of us as a seasoning and topping for pizza, pasta dishes and pasta salads, especially when tomatoes are part of the dish. Together with garlic, pine nuts, parmesan cheese and olive oil, basil is the most commonly use herb used to make pesto. Basil also makes a flavorful tea, alone or in combination with other herbs.

The herb is considered sacred in some world cultures. Its name is derived from the Greek word basilikohn, which translates to “royal.” In Italy, basil is a symbol of true love, while in India the herb represents hospitality.

There are numerous varieties and cultivars of basil, each one possessing a unique chemical composition. While some basils are more spice or citrusy than others, or offer leaves so large they are used raw in salads, most basils contain the same antioxidant compound eugenol. Basil is also a good source of carotenoids, vitamins and minerals.

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