Organic Dried Basil

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Description

Organic Dried Basil is great with tomatoes.

Organic Dried Basil is a lovely addition to so many recipes but it is probably best known for its place in Italian cooking.  Dried basil is a cupboard staple and even the most novice cook can use it easily in a range of recipes – particularly in dishes with tomato as their base.  Our organic basil is dried gently with warm air to preserve its nutrients and then cut finely.  To make the best of your precious organic basil add it at the end of cooking to preserve its nutritional value and flavour.

In Greek the name ‘basil’ comes from the word ‘basileus’ which translates as ‘King’ – its no wonder basil is considered the king of herbs when you take a look at its impressive nutritional content!

Dried basil can be added to dips and dressings for added flavour and can even be made into tea – a really versatile herb to have around.  Try sprinkling it over homemade hummus or cannellini bean dip.

Origin: Egypt

Allergen Information: Packed on premises that handle gluten, tree nuts, sesame, soya, peanuts.

Nutritional Information

The Nutritional Benefits of Organic Dried Basil.

Organic Dried Basil is high in protein, fibre, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Niacin, B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper and Manganese.

Protein: We all know we need protein because it contributes to a growth in muscle mass but did you know it contributes to the maintenance of normal bones? This makes it essential for adults and children.

Fibre: We hear about how important fibre is for our digestion, but it is easy to forget how essential good digestion is to our overall well-being. Did you know that 70% of your immune system resides in your gut?

Calcium:  It is necessary for digestive enzyme function, energy-yielding metabolism and blood clotting.  It plays a vital role in muscle function and neurotransmission in the body.

Iron: It is vital to get enough iron and many whole foods contain high levels of it.  Iron contributes to normal cognitive function, immune system function, reduction of tiredness, energy-yielding metabolism, formation of red blood cells, transportation of oxygen and cell division.

Zinc:  This nutrient contributes to normal function of the immune system, DNA synthesis, carbohydrate metabolism, cognitive function, fertility and reproduction, metabolism of fatty acids, protein synthesis as well as the maintenance of bone, hair, skin and nails. It also protects cells from oxidative stress which is so important in a world where our bodies are exposed to so many toxins daily.

Vitamin C: This well known nutrient contributes to normal function of the immune system during and after intense physical exercise and is necessary for normal collagen formation.  It is also essential to normal functioning of the immune system and the protection of cells from oxidative stress.

Potassium: This essential nutrient contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system, muscle function and the normal maintenance of blood pressure.

Copper: This trace mineral is needed to protect cells from oxidative stress and for normal function of the immune system.  It also contributes to normal connective tissue and functioning of the nervous system.

B-Vitamins: This group of vitamins contribute to normal psychological function, normal function of the immune system and contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.

Vitamin E: This antioxidant contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.

Phosphorus: This abundant mineral contributes to energy-yielding metabolism, function of cell membranes and the maintenance of bones and teeth.

Magnesium: This wonderful nutrient is often referred to as natures tranquilliser.  It is necessary for the reduction of tiredness and fatigue and electrolyte balance.  It is also needed for normal nervous system and muscle function.

Vitamin K: This nutrient is needed for the normal maintenance of bones and blood clotting.

Typical Nutrient Values Per 100g:
Energy 1051kj/251kcal
Fat 4.0g
of which saturates 0.2g
Carbohydrate 61g
of which sugars 1.7g
Fibre 40.5g
Protein 35.1g
Salt 34.0mg
Typical Vitamin/Mineral Values Per 100g:
Vitamin A 9376IU 188% RI
Vitamin C 61.2mg 102% RI
Vitamin E 7.5mg 37% RI
Vitamin K 1715mg 2143% RI
Riboflavin 0.3mg 19% RI
Niacin 6.9mg 35% RI
Vitamin B6 2.3mg 116% RI
Folate 274mg 69% RI
Calcium 2113mg 211% RI
Iron 42mg 233% RI
Magnesium 422mg 106% RI
Phosphorus 490mg 49% RI
Potassium 3433mg 98% RI
Zinc 5.8mg 39% RI
Copper 1.4mg 68% RI
Manganese 3.2mg 158% RI

*High in = 30% or more of RI (reference intake) per 100g

*Source of = 15% or more of RI (reference intake) per 100g

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Cooking Instructions

Add a touch of basil during cooking but add the majority at the end to preserve its nutrients and get the most of its flavour.

Storage

For optimum freshness keep in a cool place away from moisture and direct sunlight.  Store in a tightly sealed bag or container.

Family Tip:

  1.  Basil goes very well with Italian recipes but we are particularly fond of it in tomato and basil soup.
  2. For the fullest flavour add it during cooking and then again at the end – this enhances its flavour and retains the vitamin C content.