My windowsill basil is sprouting! What fun it will be to have such fresh herbs this summer!
My picture doesn’t do it justice at all, but anyone who has grown something from seed knows how exciting it is to see little spouts popping up from soil that was bare only a day ago. I don’t think it ever gets old!
In addition to using it to cook with, fresh basil blended into cold pressed olive oil is a yummy sauce for meat and veggies and provides health benefits. Cold pressed olive oil is recommended to be poured over every meal in the GAPS Intro diet. Adding some fresh herbs to it makes this more flavorful, and the olive oil helps preserve the herbs as well.
From the book Gut and Psychology Syndrome,
“Olive oil is a time-proven health-giving food, used by Mediterranean countries for centuries. Virgin cold-pressed olive oil has been shown to improve brain cell maturation and function. And yet it doesn’t have much in the way of essential fatty acids, which shows us that we need much more than just omega-3 and omega-6 oils”
Herb olive oil
- 2-4 cups fresh basil leaves, washed and dried
- 3-4 cups high quality cold pressed olive oil (Buy Olive Oil here)
- 1 pinch sea salt (optional) (Buy Sea Salt here)
Directions: Blend on high until the basil is pureed. Store in a glass container, covered, in the refrigerator and pour over meats, vegetables, and into soups.