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Fresh Basil Freeze-dried - Egypt

Basil is an essential aromatic plant in Mediterranean cuisine. Sublimate your southern recipes with our freeze-dried basil. Its strong and fresh taste goes wonderfully with your vegetables and meats. Add a pinch of basil to your sauces to flavour them or sprinkle over your meat and fish.

Association in the kitchen: tomatoes, fresh cheeses, apricots, strawberries, aubergines, courgettes, pesto, pistou..

Packaging : Resealable bag - conservation of aromas.

Origin - Plantations : Nile Delta, Alexandria region - Egypt

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  • What is basil?

    Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is a herbaceous aromatic plant of the Lamiaceae family. It is used as a condiment. It is also known as common basil or royal herb

    Particularity of basil

    The basil plan measures 20 to 60 cm high. It has large oval lanceolate leaves up to 4 cm. The oldest plants can reach up to 1 m in height if they are kept warm or planted in regions with a warm climate.

    The colour of basil leaves differs according to the variety. The leaves can be light green, dark green or purple. During flowering, basil is covered with small, white, bilabiate flowers. It gives off a lot of perfume and its cultivation requires a dry soil and moderate sun exposure.

    Tip: Are your basil plants dry? A little water is enough for them to regain their full vigour

    Harvesting basil plants

    The culture of basil is relatively simple. Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is a plant that needs a warm, sunny climate to grow well. However, it can also be grown indoors.

    Common basil is an annual plant. The Asian varieties, which are grown in hot and humid climates, are considered perennials.

    Basil is sown in early spring in warm countries. In countries with a temperate climate, it is advisable to sow in greenhouses or pots at a temperature of 20°C. Its water requirements are moderate.

    Basil is harvested in summer. It is at least in July and August that it gives the most leaves. Be careful, however, not to let the sun's rays burn its leaves.

    Tip: Would you like to harvest basil seeds to replant next year? In that case, wait until the middle of autumn and let your aromatic plants come into bloom. Harvest the seeds once the flowers are fully formed and mature.

    Basil is an aromatic plant that does not thrive in full sun. In the open ground, it can be planted next to solanaceous plants such as tomatoes and peppers.

    Tip: To get the most leaves out of your basil plant, I advise you to avoid letting it go into flower. To do this, as soon as the first signs of flowering appear, pinch the stems.

    David Vanille's choice: I have chosen to offer you fresh freeze-dried basil from Egypt. Its pronounced taste and unique fragrance will sublimate all your Mediterranean recipes. Dried basil keeps for a long time while retaining its aromatic qualities


    The different varieties of basil

    There are different varieties of basil:

    • Big green basil: used in Mediterranean cuisine, it is distinguished by its deep green leaves
    • Fine green basil: it develops slightly spicy aromas and is recognizable by its small smooth green leaves
    • Thai basil: often used in Asian cuisine, it is distinguished by its aniseed taste close to tarragon. It is recognizable by its purple stems topped by small green leaves.
    • Lettuce leaf basil: a species with an aniseed flavor recognizable by its large light green leaves
    • Purple basil: as its name suggests, a species entirely purple in colour. It develops peppery aromas.
    • Marseille basil: a common species recognizable by its large green leaves
    • Lemon basil: as its name suggests, this species of basil develops lemony aromas. Its leaves are light green tending towards yellow. A species sensitive to elements such as the wind or the sun

    The origins of basil

    Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is an aromatic plant which, depending on the species, comes from Central Africa and South Asia. This thousand-year-old plant arrived in Egypt at least 4,000 years ago. This is where it was imported into Europe in the 2nd century. First arriving in Rome, its cultivation then spread throughout southern Europe. It was not until the fourteenth century that it passed through.

    Customs and culture around basil

    In addition to its use in cooking, basil has always been a plant sought after to ward off evil spells or to express unfriendly feelings.

    Here are different uses according to certain customs:

    • In Nepal and India: they make an offering to Krishna
    • In Africa: it is said to conjure bad luck
    • In Egypt: it was used during mummification for its antibacterial properties
    • In Bétera (Spain): It is celebrated on August 15. The contest of the biggest basil is organized there. Some species can reach up to 4 m in height.

    Basil by age:

    • Antiquity: Basil is a royal plant
    • Middle Ages: plants used in witchcraft, it is served as herbal tea to pregnant women to facilitate pregnancy and breastfeeding
    • In the XiXth century: the plant is synonymous with hatred. Some claimed that insulting its basil (Ocimum basilicum) shoots during planting made them more vigorous

    Other uses of basil

    Basil is a plant known for its medicinal virtues.

    It's lent its effects:

    • Stimulants
    • Antivirals and dewormers: it is used against stomach aches and pains
    • Antidiarrheal

    It is also beneficial in the fight against :

    • Coughing
    • Angina
    • Bronchitis
    • Rheumatism
    • Lung infections

    Did you know that? It takes 10 kg of basil to produce 10 ml of basil essential oil. It is used for its soothing and anti-infectious properties

    How to use basil in the kitchen?

    The freeze-dried Egyptian basil that I offer you has excellent taste qualities and an exceptional fragrance. It will enhance your sauces, salads and vegetables a la plancha. Freeze-dried basil is used a lot in Mediterranean cuisine where it often accompanies tomatoes, aubergines, mozzarella... It is also one of the essential elements of the best pesto (Italy) or Pistou (France) recipes to which it brings all its flavour

    Our recipe ideas with basil

    To help you enjoy the flavours of our freeze-dried basil (Ocimum basilicum), we offer you, in addition to our recipes on the blog, this 3-course menu where basil plays an important role.

    The starter: Basil and tomato puff pastry

    In this recipe, basil goes wonderfully with tomatoes. To bring a little consistency, you can add pine nuts. The tomatoes will be cut into pieces. Sprinkle your puff pastry with olive oil, sprinkle with garlic powder and freeze-dried basil and add your tomatoes and pine nuts that you have previously crushed. A quick and tasty basil starter that is quick to prepare and goes well with a small rocket salad

    The dish: Eggplant gratin with basil

    A classic of Mediterranean cuisine! The sweet taste of aubergine is enhanced by the fragrance of basil. Slice your aubergines lengthwise, sprinkle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle over the dried basil. Repeat in several layers and finish by adding parmesan cheese. A vegetarian dish with succulent basil that can be used as a side dish for your meat and fish

    Dessert: Apricot mellow, basil flavor

    A simple muffin recipe that changes the chocolatey sweetness! Add small pieces of apricot and a pinch of basil to your soft dough. Excellent eaten warm, these apricot moisturizers will delight young and old alike. They can be eaten alone with a coffee, Italian, of course! In the summer, it is accompanied by a ball of basil sorbet to bring a little freshness

    How to store basil?

    We advise you to keep your freeze-dried basil in an airtight jar away from light. It will thus retain all its taste and aroma properties. Do you have fresh basil leaves to keep? Wash them, dry them and place them in a freezer bag in the freezer.

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    Marie-Lise H. published the 02/04/2020 following an order made on 19/03/2020


    Au top comme d'habitude

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    Marie B. published the 15/03/2020 following an order made on 09/03/2020


    Un produit à utiliser dans bon nombre de plats pour un résultat optimal à chaque essai

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    Karine D. published the 27/02/2020 following an order made on 17/02/2020


    Produits exceptionnels

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    Delphine D. published the 27/12/2019 following an order made on 18/12/2019


    Très parfumé

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    Emelyn W. published the 22/12/2019 following an order made on 16/12/2019


    Miam ! Un peu d'été tout au long de ces mois d'hiver !

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    Camille Marie V. published the 18/11/2019 following an order made on 10/11/2019


    retrouve le gout du basilic en plein été

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