a passion for pesto

lemon balm

This week I’m making pesto. Jars and jars of it. I’ll use some immediately, freeze some, and give some away. In the garden amongst a few other things, I’ve got basil, lemon balm, and garlic – all of them perfect for pesto. The garlic scapes are already harvested. The basil and lemon balm are starting to go to flower – a sure sign that I need to get to work.

If you don’t already have lemon balm (also known as Melissa) in the garden, I recommend you find some. A friend gave me a small plant a year ago and now I don’t know how I lived without it for so long. It’s like rhubarb in that it’s a brilliant perennial – hardy and useful. Continue reading “a passion for pesto”