Next to fresh cilantro, basil is my favorite herb. I am a big fan of the fresh cilantro-basil-spinach-houseplant as a gift, compared to cut flowers bouquet.
This is a hint for friends and family- my birthday being next week.
These herbs are a source of lasting and unpredictable pleasures, both horticultural and amusing. We had a nice harvest of basil this year in our garden so we make everything with basil- tomato basil soup, basil pesto, basil relish, basil spread, smoothie, gazpacho, and fresh sprigs of basil cut into our summer salads.
This vegan pesto is great on taste, zero on dairy. I am sure you won’t miss the cheese. It never lasts long around here. The nuts you choose influence the taste. I like pecans better than pine nuts and the toasted pecans kick up the flavor of ordinary pesto.