Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is one thing I love to grow and love to eat.
I did a post on Basil Pesto last fall. It is fun to look back and see all that fresh basil. YUM!
I tried to start basil in the ground again this year, but didn’t keep a very close on on it and those darn pill bugs (roly polies) always seem to nibble it down to nothing again. So back to planting in pots.
Basil is full of wonderful nutrients. It is an excellent source of vitamin C, calcium, vitamin A and phosphorus. Basil is also a useful source of magnesium, potassium and iron.
I am growing a sweet basil, but there are so many other types of basil out there. To name a few:
My favorite way to use my basil is to make basil pesto. It is really very easy to make and keep in the freezer to use later. I don’t follow any specific recipe, but here, and here, and here are a few you can look at if you want to make your own basil pesto.
Basil Pesto (the basics)
- Fresh basil leaves (and tender stems)
- Parmesan Cheese (grated)
- Olive Oil
- Pine Nuts
I use a blender or food processor to blend it all together.
Do you grown any favorite herbs that you like to grow?