Basil, Thai basil, or sweet basil, is a common name for the culinary herb Ocimum basilicum (pronounced , , or ) of the family Lamiaceae (mints), sometimes known as Saint Joseph’s Wort in some English-speaking countries.

Allergy Alert:

Basil allergies are rare, but the symptoms of this malady can be just as distressing as those of common food sensitivities. Reactions can cause hives, welts on the face and mouth, runny nose, itchy eyes, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting shortly after consumption. The best remedy currently available is to avoid foods that contain basil, such as green curry sauce, pesto sauce and Italian seasoning (Arnold, 2013).

Common Uses:

Basil is a common ingredient in many Italian and Mediterranean dishes.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per 2 tbsp, chopped (5.3 g)
Calories 1
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 0 mg 0%
Potassium 16 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 0.1 g 0%
Dietary fiber 0.1 g 0%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 0.2 g 0%
Vitamin A 5% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 0% Iron 1%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 0%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 0%

Source Wikipedia. (Note: This is not intended to be used, as it was copied and pasted from a Google search)


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