Write a comment
Albahaca

Albahaca

Basil

Basil, or albahaca in Spanish, is probably most associated with the Italian and Asian cuisine. Native to the tropical regions of southeastern Asia and central Africa, the culinary herb of the Lamiaceae family (mints) came to Peru with Chinese immigrants and found its place here thanks to the unique fusion of Chinese and Peruvian cooking.

There are numerous varieties of basil that vary a bit in appearance and extremely in aroma and taste.

Next to these domesticated basil varieties, you can find a relative from the same family in Peru
called Albahaca de monte, Peruvian basil, Amazonian basil, wild basil or alfavaca (Ocimum micranthum or Ocimum campechianum). This basil is native to the tropical regions of Mexico, Central America and South America and its aromatic leaves are used for medical purposes and in traditional ceremonies for ages.

Health benefits

  • Even though rarely eaten in large enough amounts to be a significant source, Basil contains Vitamin A, C and K, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Basil has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-convulsant, anti-spasmodic, and anti-fungal properties.
  • Tea brewed with fresh or dried basil leaves helps with stomach pains and spasms, nausea, digestion problems, and kidney conditions.
  • Basil as well may help reduce blood pressure, improve blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and relax blood vessels.
  • It further is believed to increase mental alertness and reduce memory loss.
  • Basil is used for treating cuts, wounds, and skin infections being able to fight bacteria and fungi.
  • And finally basil may repel insects such as mosquitos and ticks.
Say something here...
characters left
or post as a guest
Loading comment... The comment will be refreshed after 00:00.

Be the first to comment.

Peru Event Calendar

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Latest Content...

Latest Video

Maria Reiche - Memories

Maria Reiche - Memories

Submitted by: Tintin
05 December 2021

Long Reads...

  • Peruvian Archaeology

    The Mystery of the Nazca Lines in Peru

    In the 1920s, when people first flew across southern Peru, they made an astonishing discovery. Stretching below them,…
  • Peruvian Personalities & Founders

    Francisco Pizarro González (1474-1541)

    Francisco Pizarro, a peasant from Spain, was one of the least well-equipped conquerors in history. However, in the name…
  • Peruvian Archaeology

    The colorful Fabrics and Textiles of Peru

    Europe’s first knowledge of Peruvian textiles was acquired following the Spanish invasion of Peru in 1532, when the…
  • Peruvian Legends, Myths & Tales

    The Jeweled Frog and the Condor

    By a quiet pond, at the side of a cloud-topped mountain in Peru, lived a small green frog and his large green family.…
  • Peru Info

    Peruvian Economy

    The Peruvian economy is an emerging, social market economy highly dependent on foreign trade and classified as an upper…