Every year since we moved here we have grown basil to make pesto, A food that once upon a time I wouldn't even eat. I remember the first time I saw it was at my friend Joe's house and at the time it did not sound good, but since then I have become a big fan. Seriously big, I'm fat as a house for those who don't know me. Anyway even when we didn't have the garden there has been containers growing on the front porch. Being that we are up for saving a buck or two we buy our seeds at the Wal-mart for a a buck. This year my friend Chris sent me some Basil seeds from Burpee. They took a little longer to take off, but the pot in the middle is one planted with those seeds and the one's on each side are planted with Wal-mart seeds. The Burpee seeds were planted a couple weeks after the others in the same soil. They have have had exactly the same amount of water and sunlight as the others. The Burpee plant is almost twice the size with larger leaves and a much darker green color. Of course we haven't had the all important taste test, but I think I can guess how that will turn out. This has sparked my interest in seed catalogs and I have been looking on-line all week. I would never have guessed that there purple carrots and all sorts of freakish looking things to grow. This year we have also grown the garlic for the pesto and bought nuts from a local grower.
Luci's Pesto Recipe:
Basil, Garlic, Walnuts (we skip the pine nuts), Parmesan Cheese and Olive oil.