Basil is a native of India, where one variety is considered a sacred plant. It is a particularly fragrant herb with a delicate, almost liquorice-like flavour. Part of the mint family, it means "Royal" or "Kingly" in Latin translation.
Basil is an excellent source of Vitamin K, manganese with a source of copper, vitamin A and C.
The ancient Egyptians used basil for embalming mummies. In India, it was considered an antidote against snakebites.
Chief Flavour Compound
Eugenol: (medicinal, woody and warming) colourless dull yellow fragrant oil-based liquid, also found in cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and bay leaf. The flavour of basil is a steadiness between mint, star anise and pepper.
Complex, zesty and aromatic, this beautiful mixed herb blend is a variant of a lost recipe from a 13th century medieval Arabian cookbook, with the literal translation meaning ‘bouquet’ or ‘bunch’ of herbs. Playing homage to the ancient trade of herbs, adding a little sprinkle will bring a fresh and luscious zing to savoury dishes like omelettes, baked beans on toast, pasta, soups and cheese toasties. Reaching for Bāqa will soon be like second nature.
An exceptionally balanced and versatile Mediterranean base blend. Sofrito is a multi-ingredient preparation that contains nutrients that are beneficial for the body. The bioactive compounds found in sofrito included polyphenols, carotenoids, and Vitamin C. Numerous studies have shown that consumption of these nutrients can lower the risk of various cancers and heart disease. Not only do studies show that we do not need rarefied super-foods to maintain our nutritional health, but it also highlights the simple yet oh-so-flavorsome additions this blend can add to everyday dishes.
A luscious and savoury vegetable seasoning blend. Paying homage to Ancient Roman cookery who celebrated the eating of vegetables, it was and still is understood that eating vegetables may help lower the risk of various health problems. A diet high in vegetables can also protect against certain types of cancers.Seasoning vegetables with this delectable blend and making it a part of a healthy diet can add a distinct flavour profile and also help lower the risk of various health problems.
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