I didn't start to fall in love with this yummy herb until I had it in Thai cuisine! This leafy fella has an earthy aroma yet boldly tastes sweet too.
There are plenty reasons to love this herb beyond the depth in tasting notes to your favorite Italian or Thai dish. It boasts an impressive list or nutrition including powerful antioxidants, vitamin a and k, to name a few! Vitamin K is essential for blood clotting and vitamin A helps to prevent heart attacks and stroke!
Besides the above, Basil is an excellent source of manganese; a very good source of copper, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids such as beta-carotene), and vitamin C; and a good source of calcium, iron, folate, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Basil has an array of benefits that will do your body good. Check 'em out!:
Nutrients Essential for Cardiovascular Health
As always I recommend you buy/grow organic. This is the way food was intended and is best optimized by your body too! Herbs are some of the easiest things to grow on your own and can grow pretty well in your kitchen window.
Also, consume your basil raw if possible. Raw foods alone have far more benefits unaltered by cooking.
Fresh basil should be stored in your fridge wrapped loosely with a damp paper towel. It can also be frozen whole or chopped in airtight containers or ice cube trays covered in water or stock for later use.