We were asked what herb we want to get each time we picked up our CSA vegetables. Megan, our CSA farmer always put up a white board near her van filled with information of what vegetables were in the box, what could be swapped, what extra vegetables she had, and what herbs were available on that day. I always picked either Italian or Thai basil because I loved pesto, or sometimes cilantro when I planned on making salsa. Yet that day, I saw holy basil -herb I never heard of before -was written on the board. She gave a brief explanations and explained the benefits of holy basil. "It helps you relax, works better than Chamomile", she said. I didn't have problem with relaxing. In fact, I often feel asleep on the couch and hard to wake up in the morning. Yet I wanted to try the basil. Since then, holy basil was listed on my herb list; and basil tea became one of my favorite beverages. I like to make the tea then save it in the refrigerator. I believe it will taste great also when served hot.
Holy Basil Tea
Ingredients: 6-8 stalks holy basil (about 8 leaves each stalk)
4 cup water
In a small pan bring water to boil. Lower the heat, add the leaves and allow to brew for 3-4 minutes or longer for darker and stronger tea. Turn off the heat and strain it into cups or a tea pot. Add honey or sugar. Serve hot or cold.