Basil is considered as one of the healthiest herbs that can be used in cooking. It is best when fresh, exuding a sweet and earthy aroma. This herb contains Vitamin K which is essential for blood clotting. Please note that just 2 tablespoons of basil provides 29 % of the daily recommended value of the aforementioned vitamin. It also provides vitamin A, which contains beta carotenes, a powerful antioxidants which protect the cells lining, including the blood vessels from free radical damage. Basil helps to prevent cholesterol in blood from oxidizing, avoiding atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. The other vitamins and minerals in that precious cooking herb are iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, vitamin C and potassium. You will also be pleased to learn that basil has antibacterial properties and contains DNA protecting flavonoids too.
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves (avoid the stems)
- 2 tablespoons walnuts
- 2 large cloves garlic
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Combine the basil leaves, walnuts and garlic in a food processor and process until everything is very finely minced.
- While the machine is running slowly, dribble in the oil and process until the mixture is smooth.
- Add the cheese and process very briefly, just long enough to combine. Store in refrigerator or freezer.