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Summer, Fresh Basil, Pesto — It’s All Good

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Basil has a strong, spicy aroma, a little bit like mint or licorice plus its own singular scent.

The Pearl Farmers Market is having a Basil Fest today, but the enjoyment of this fragrant herb is a year-round thing.

Fresh and best in summer, we can add it to salads and soups, use it with roasted antipasti or make pesto. It is pretty on a pizza or a fresh mozzarella salad. It’s useful as a garnish and in table arrangements, or just have it to look at growing in a pot on the deck.

Here are three ways to use basil from SavorSA:

Thai Basil Lemon-Lime Sorbet is icy and refreshing.

Try something different for that weekend cocktail: a Strawberry-Basil Martini.

Whip up an easy meal and make Artichoke Pesto to toss with your favorite pasta. Serve with a sprig of fresh basil and extra grated Parmigiana Reggiano cheese.

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