Basil

Ocimum basilicum

South Australia’s warm, temperate climate and good soils ensure we can harvest soil grown herbs of exceptional quality.

Fresh Please herbs are plump, leafy and full of flavour, available in bunches or convenient travel trays. Our travel trays are packed in Australia to ensure absolute product freshness.

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Fresh basil has a slightly sweet, aromatic flavour and strong, pungent, sweet, somewhat menthol aroma. 


Culinary Uses

Basil has a rich, pungent flavour that compliments garlic particularly well.

It is important to note, that basil does not withstand the cooking process well with heat destroying its flavour and aroma. For this reason basil is almost always added at the end of cooking, just before serving. 


Selecting the best produce

Fresh, quality herbs, will appear as though they have just been picked with plump looking leaves.  Look for produce that has healthy stems with no signs of yellowing or wilting.


Storing

0 degrees celcius at 90-100% relative humidity.

It is important that herbs are expertly handled during transportation. Herbs should be kept covered and away from refrigeration fans. 


Harvesting & Packaging

South Australia’s warm and temperate climate ensures year round production of quality, soil grown basil. Fresh Please basil is cut and tied into 200g bunches or packed into Fresh Please ‘travel friendly’ pre-packs.  Pre-packs are available in a range of sizes from 20g upwards dependent on your requirements.


Availability

Available all year round. 


Recipes

White Fish With Cherry Tomato, Grapes And Smoked Almonds
White Fish With Cherry Tomato, Grapes And Smoked Almonds

White fish is delicate, subtle and sweet in flavour. The addition of our Fresh Please sweet summer cherry tomatoes, which are firm but sweet, and Fresh Please Australian grapes both compliment the white fish perfectly.

Duck With Cauliflower Puree And A Snow Pea Salad
Duck With Cauliflower Puree And A Snow Pea Salad

This dish includes plenty of fresh produce including cauliflower, snow peas, grapes and zucchini to perfectly complement the duck.

Nutrition

You might be surprised to learn that Basil is a good source of vitamin K, vitamin C and dietary fibre. 

VITAMIN K

Vitamin K is an essential nutrient which facilitates in normal blood clotting. Vitamin K also aids in the transportation of calcium throughout the body, and as such may assist in promoting good bone health, reduce the instance of bone loss, and decrease risk of bone fractures. It also may help to prevent calcification of arteries and other soft tissue.

VITAMIN C

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants boost your immune system, and may protect against cancer, heart disease, cataracts and infection. Vitamin C also helps with the absorption of iron and zinc found in other foods.

DIETRY FIBRE

Dietary fibre reduces the transit time of food in your gut, improving gut microflora. 


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