Herbs A-Z: ‘B’ herbs

We’re taking a tour of herbs

CHICOPEE, Mass (Mass Appeal) We’re taking a tour of herbs through the alphabet with Carol Joyce from White Buffalo Herbs in Warwick.

Basil, Bergamot, & Borage 

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Basil Pesto
(Great tasting & good for you too!)
1 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/6 cup walnuts (can use pine nuts or pecans)
3 garlic cloves, smashed
Salt & pepper, to taste

1. Put Basil leaves & walnuts in processor. Pulse several times
2. Peel 2-4 cloves of GARLIC & smash each clove with flat blade of knife. Pulse in processor a few times.
3. Add Parmesan cheese & pulse again. Do not over process.
4. Scrape sides of processor, as needed.
5. Then add OLIVE OIL. Process until mixed thoroughly
6. Just before serving, add salt & pepper to taste.
7. Put over hot pasta & toss; or add to mashed potatoes for a special treat. Yummy on toasted bagels.

Note: If you want to store this in fridge or freezer, cover with a thin layer of olive oil & then a piece of plastic wrap before closing container. It freezes well, but must have oil on it or it turns black.,
Fresh pesto leaves may be frozen individually in ice cube trays/water. Just pop some out to add to soups or stews.

Bergamot Earl Grey Tea
1 tsp black tea (or 1 red rose tea bag)
½ tsp. dried bergamot or 1 fresh bergamot flower
Boiling water
tea pot & tea cup
Tea strainer
Honey, Stevia, or Agave to taste.

1. Put dry tea & bergamot in a tea pot.
2. Boil 1 cup of water & pour over tea in pot.
3. Steep 10 minutes
4. Strain.
5. Add sweetener to taste. ENJOY!
Note: 1 drop of Bergamot essential Oil can be substituted for the Bergamot flowers,

Borage BLISS Tea
1 teaspoon dried Borage leaves.
Boiling water
tea pot & tea cup
Tea strainer
Honey, Stevia, or Agave to taste.

1. Put Borage leaves in a tea pot.
2. Boil 1 cup of water & pour over tea in tea pot.
3. Steep 10 minutes
4. Strain.
5. Add sweetener to taste. Sip slowly to savor.

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