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Basil

Storage: This method is not the most aesthetically pleasing, but it is the most effective! Trim the stems and place them in a glass or jar of water, similar to cut flowers. Cover the basil loosely with a plastic bag and leave it on the counter at room temperature. This prevents the leaves from turning black. Basil will last about a week this way.

Preparation: As with all greens and herbs, basil has a longer shelf life if you wait until you’re ready to use it to wash it. Fill a large bowl or salad spinner with cold water, add basil, and swish it around to remove sand and dirt. Wait a minute to let the sediment settle to the bottom, then pull out the basil, dump the water, and repeat until basil is clean. Dry thoroughly (but delicately!) by rolling with towels.

Taste: Bright, pungent, somewhat lemony

Nutritional Benefits: Contains vitamin K for bone health, and vitamin A for eye health. It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Furthermore, the magnesium in basil helps to improve blood flow and stop cholesterol from oxidizing in the blood stream.