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Classic Italian Pesto, Herbs for Health

Updated: Sep 14

pesto recipe

Savour the essence of Italy with aromatic Pesto, a culinary masterpiece bursting with Italian flavors. Best known from the coastal region of Liguria and Genoa, pesto is made from a delightful fusion of fresh basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese and extra-virgin olive oil, this vibrant green sauce exudes a rich, aromatic charm.

A beloved condiment and pasta companion, pesto effortlessly elevates dishes with its bold and herbaceous profile. The aromatic basil and nutty undertones create a symphony of taste that enlivens pastas, sandwiches and more.

Who better than a Ligurian nonna (grandmother) to show us how...

What is you do not have access to handfuls of basil? There can be other 'pestos' to be enjoyed (although some Genovese might disagree!)...

As part of a nutritionally rich, whole health lifestyle, at The Whole Health Practice we advocate enjoying herbs (and spices) as a regular part of one’s diet. While some herbs (and their polyphenols) have shown positive results for specific health outcomes, enjoy a variety of herbs that work in synergy to promote maximum health. In common with traditional eating practices around the world, this is one the the benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

Don't let your creativity in the kitchen be confined, Cannot get bunches of basil? Make a version using other - local - green, leafy herbs. What about, say, using Thai basil?

With every delectable spoonful let pesto transport us to the sun-kissed shores or hilltops of Italy or beyond.



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More than just taste, herbs can bring health and joy to our lives. Read on for our complete collection of articles, recipes and more...


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