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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

Bila tengok Nigella Lawson dan The Naked Chef carikkan basil ke dalam pasta yang dimasak, teringin pula resepi semacam itu. Habis tu di mana nak cari basil -Sweet Basil (O. basilicum)- seperti yang digunakan?

Di pasar kita di Kelantan, basil ialah daun selasih, atau Thai basil (O. basilicum var. thyrsiflorum 'Siam Queen"). Agaknya biji basil ini yang diambil untuk jadikan biji selasih. Pokok Thai basil senang tumbuh, tetapi saya tidak begitu menyukai rasanya. Agaknya "acquired taste." Kalau di Terengganu, basilnya ialah Daun Kemangi (Ocimum canum). Yang ini memang best makan dengan laksa terengganu.

Suatu hari semasa berkemas laci kasut, terjumpalah biji benih basil yang dibawa oleh kawan dari UK, pada tahun 2006, semasa saya sedang menjalani kimo.

Saya cuba taburkan, nah, terkejut kera saya apabila biji benih dalam bekas plastik atas balkoni tumbuh begitu subur.



Sekarang tak sempat nak guna untuk masak-masak. Satu cara untuk menyimpan basil dalam keadaan yang "fresh" adalah dengan meletakkannya dalam bekas ice cubes, penuhkan dengan air dan bekukan. Bila nak buat sup atau pasta, ambillah cubes tersebut, seberapa banyak yang disuka dan masukkan ke dalam masakkan. Daun basil ini juga boleh dikeringkan dan disimpan dalam bekas kering dan diletakkan dalam kabinet dapur.

Sekarang tiba masa untuk menjamu selera dengan spaghetti berperisa basil, tomato dan anak udang.





Basil's Health Benefits

Rich in flavonoids, basil is an herb that is effective in preventing cell damage from both radiation and oxygen. Two of the main flavonoids are "orientin" and "vicenin". Experiments have shown that these flavonoids, though, did not provide protection for tumors treated with radiation therapy.
The volatile oils of basil, inhibit bacterial growth. These oils include, estragole, linalool, cineole, eugenol, sabinene, myrcene, and limonene. The essential oils from basil have shown an ability to combat some pathogenic bacterium that have become resistant to treatment from antibiotics. A solution containing just 1% of the oil of basil can be used to rinse vegetables to kill infectious bacteria that cause diarrhea. Some dietitians recommend adding basil to salad dressings in order to help ensure safety when eating salads.

Basil also exhibits anti-inflammatory properties, making it a good food to consume by people who have problems with arthritis. It does this in a manner similar to aspirin. An oil in basil called eugenol blocks the activity of an enzyme in the body called cyclooxygenase. The enzyme would normally cause swelling.

Basil is a source for Vitamin K, iron, calcium, vitamin A, manganese, magnesium, vitamin C, and potassium. It is good for the heart, because it helps to prevent build-up in the arteries and fights free radicals. The magnesium helps blood vessels to relax which increases blood circulation.

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