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Castroni Basil Leaves
The basil (Ocimum basilicum, L., 1753) is an annual herbaceous plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family, normally grown as aromatic plant.
Native of India, basil is typically used in Italian cuisine and Asian cuisines in Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, because of the pronounced fragrance of its leaves which, depending on the variety, may be more or less sweet or pungent.
It can be used either fresh or dried. When dried, the leaves dried rapidly but at low temperatures, keeping the flavours of basil without losing the quality.
Used for many purposes, paricularly in “Genoese” pesto sauce.
Like the other aromatic plants it is used for the extraction of its essence. Its properties are sedative, anti-inflammatory, stomachic. Effective in colds and as an adjunct in the treatment of emotional stress disorders.