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Purple Basil

A member of the mint family, basil comes in a range of colors and flavors. This annual can be used to make lemonade, pesto, vinegar, or simply used as garnish. It is rich in vitamin K which is crucial for strong bones and packed with flavonoids which is said to reduce the risk of certain cancers and keep blood sugar in check.

Purple Basil

Watermelon, Basil and Feta Salad


1 small seedless watermelon (or 1/4 of a large one)
1/2 of a red onion
16 leaves fresh basil
1/4 cup (2 ounces) crumbled Feta
2 tablespoons e.v. olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Cut the watermelon in half. Using a large spoon, scoop out bite-size pieces of the watermelon and add to a large bowl or platter (you should get about 8 cups). Slice the onion into thin half moons and scatter over the watermelon. Then scatter the basil leaves over the top. Crumble the Feta over the salad. Drizzle with the oil and lime juice and sprinkle with the salt and pepper (about 6 turns on pepper mill).