This popular Indian herb, also known as tulsi, is the ideal ingredient for infusing freshness and flavour into almost any meal.

WHY IT’S HEALTHY

Animal studies have shown that natural chemicals in holy basil may help fight diabetes, heart disease and cancer. You can find it at Asian specialty stores and farmer’s markets. But if you’re short on time, try fresh sweet basil, available at your local supermarket.

HOW TO EAT IT

Fresh is best. Chop up a healthy dose of the herb and scatter it on scrambled eggs, soups, tomato pastas or stir-fried dishes.