Stepping out of my front door to pick some fresh herbs to throw in with whatever’s on the menu for dinner is one of my favorite activities. I’m lucky that I’ve been able to grow these five in my backyard, but they are all pretty common, and readily available.
Anyone who has grown basil knows that it can take off alarmingly fast. You will never be at a loss for a few leaves to add to your salads and stews, your pesto, or your fresh tomato and mozzarella salad, a personal favorite. But did you know that two tablespoons of basil will give you 27% of your daily requirement of Vitamin K, which plays a vital role in strengthening your bones? Basil also contains minerals like potassium, manganese, copper and magnesium, as well as plenty of Vitamin A.
Fun fact: A flavor drink made of basil seeds is popular in some Asian countries.
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