Written by Katie Occhipinti
We would like to introduce the newest spring member of nicobella organics—the lime basil truffle. Although lime and basil may sound like an unusually pairing with chocolate, these two clean and fresh ingredients help create the most uniquely different truffle. After all, lime and basil are two ingredients that are most known for enhancing the flavors of others; insert chocolate and voila! The zesty, fresh and uplifting flavor is a timely tribute to the spring season. Not only do we choose our ingredients based on taste, we pay close attention to their nutritional profile-lime and basil pass the test.
Like many other herbs and spices, basil is a highly nutrient dense food. Such a claim means that every calorie-worth of basil is jam-packed with nutrients. Basil is known to have unique anti-bacterial properties and anti-inflammatory effects. It also contains vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. And its minty flavor is just as robust as it nutrients. Did you know: There are over 60 different varieties of basil in the world?[i]
Like all citrus fruits, limes are a great source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps support a healthy immune system. A lesser-known benefit of citrus fruits are their unique set of phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are naturally occurring nutrients found in plant foods that promote healthy cells and help fight disease. Preliminary studies have found that the major phytochemicals found in limes (known as liminods) may have cancer-fighting properties.[ii] Did you know: In the 1900s, it was common for passengers and crewmembers out at sea for long periods of time to die from a disease called scurvy. Eventually it was discovered that keeping a large supply of citrus fruits on board cured the disease, which was caused by a vitamin C deficiency in the diet.
And as an extra bonus, our lime basil truffle is 100% gluten free and nut free! As will all nicobella products it is also soy free and dairy free. (But with all of the taste of traditional truffles.)
Ingredients: organic and Fair Trade chocolate (cocoa beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla), coconut milk, coconut nectar, lime puree, basil, sunflower oil, coconut oil