Cooking · Gardening

Basil: Grow IT, Eat IT…YUM!

photo source: about eating.com

My new favorite dish is pesto, my hubby whips it up in our kitchen’s Ninja pours it over some  pasta noodles and it is GOOD! Pesto is easy to make and basil is even easier to grow. I brought a basil plant back in late April and I’ve already gotten a few pickings from it. The key to promoting the growth is to snip the top leaves of each branch of your plant.  Beneath those leaves should be two smaller leaves that will now grow larger because they will be exposed to more light. You can snip the larger leaves because most will have baby leaves under that need light, simply lift the larger leaves to make sure.

Basilguide.com suggests you do this every 3 weeks or so, to see a significant growth, and if done correctly your plant should be able to produce 15 – 24 cups of basil per plant per season.

Here is a quick recipe:

  • 2 cups of basil leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts or 1/4 cup of trail mix that contains cranberries and nuts for a twist
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Combine the basil, garlic, and nuts/trail mix in your food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add 2/3 cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth, salt and pepper to taste.

It’s good enough to eat all by itself. Try it as a spread on sandwich…YUM!

Posted by She Cleans

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