Basil is rich in both culinary and nutritional values.Here is a breakdown of the nutritional content of a ½ cup (21.20 grams) of basil:Vitamin K: 87.94 mcg (98 %DV)Manganese: 0.24 mg (12 %DV)Copper: 0.08 mg (9 %DV)Vitamin A: 55.91 mcg RAE (6 %DV)Vitamin C: 3.82 mg (5 %DV)Calcium: 37.52 mg (4 %DV)Iron: 0.67 mg (4% DV)Folate: 14.42 mcg (4% DV)Magnesium: 13.57 mg (3% DV)Omega-3 Fats: 0.07 g (3% DV)Basil has other nutrients too, but in negligible amounts.It packs very few calories, and almost no carbohydrates and fat content.
Ideas to try: tossed with pasta, olive oil, fresh tomato, garlic and olives! Also excellent in bruschetta and on pizza
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