Fresh BASIL — really is there anything better?
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Coming in several varieties, basil truly knows how to throw an aromatic punch. Italian basil is abundant in the summer months and often used in things like a traditional Genovese Pesto, also goes well with any Mediterranean style cooking. Store your basil at room temp, with roots or ends in a little water if not eating straight away. Along with being different basil flavours for cooking, Perennial and Thai basil are also great garden additions — bees LOVE them!
Summer Fresh Basil Pesto
2 cups of basil leaves (extra if you want)
2 cloves of fresh garlic
enough olive oil to make an easy to spread consistency
nuts (pine nuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts)
half a cup or so of grated parmesan
salt and pepper to taste
Place all your ingredients except olive oil in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Gradually adding in oil to combine and getting to a consistency you are happy with.
Alternatives to shake up your Basil PESTO game.
- Pinenuts, almonds, cashews, seeds – think about what’s going to give it that crunch and extra flavour, also what’s locally available. Lightly toast nuts first for extra flavour.
- Don’t blend the pesto too fine, depending on what you are eating it with, sometimes a chunky basil pesto is just the trick!
- No basil, no worries. Try a carrot top pesto — you’ll be glad you did!
- For a delightful Nonna version (and the truest of true versions) have a peek here.
What’s in season for January 2021?
Baby Beets . Basil . Beans . Cabbage . Carrots . Cucumber . Lettuce
Potatoes . Onions . Radishes . Salad greens . Silverbeet . Spring Onions . Swiss Chard . Tomatoes . Zucchini
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