Basil is an essential component to most summertime meals at Full Belly. Farmers add bits of basil to salads, roasted vegetables, meat dishes, and even the occasional mojito. Basil has tremendous anti-oxidant protection capabilities, due to its polyphenolic flavoniods, and is an important source of vitamin A. Basil leaves are also an excellent source of iron, potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Be sure to store your basil dry in the refrigerator or in a vase with a bit of water on your window sill.