The basil has been really happy with our current run of warm to hot weather and is growing like crazy. And even though I've been snipping at it nearly every day it needed a good trim before it got out of hand. What better way to use up a bunch of basil than Pesto?
Here's the basil patch before the harvest.
You can see how it is already trying to send up flower stalks. I harvested every shoot that had flower stalks that were starting to form and ended up with a little over 4 ounces of shoots.
Here's most of the patch after the harvest, some of it was in the shade so I left that out of the photo.
All the plants ended up with a good trim like this. Not a nascent flower stalk to be found.
Another garden problem I have is a surfeit of Meyer lemons.
So this batch of basil pesto has a dose of Meyer lemon in it. I added both some peel and juice. You can find the recipe on my Kitchen Notebook blog, I've noted the variation to my basic pesto recipe there.
Tonight the offering from my CSF (community supported fishery) is wild salmon. I'm going to roast it and serve it with zucchini (of course) and green beans and a big dollop of lemony basil pesto. I'm getting hungry!