Lemon basil, Thai lemon basil or Lao basil (Ocimum × citriodorum) is a hybrid between basil (Ocimum basilicum) and African basil (Ocimum americanum). The herb is grown primarily in northeastern Africa and southern Asia for its strong fragrant lemon scent, and is used in cooking.
per bundle, per lb
LEMON BASIL PESTO
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup pine nuts
3 cups fresh basil leaves
juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
In a food processor or Vitamix, pulse garlic and pine nuts until chopped. Add basil, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Blend.
While food processor is running, slowly stream in olive oil until pesto is blended and fairly smooth. (You may have to stop the processor and use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides.)
Add Parmesan cheese and gently blend until all ingredients are combined.
Cover and refrigerate for up to one week.
Basil extracts may influence the development of two other major diseases currently affecting an enormous proportion of North Americans: diabetes and heart disease. Basil essential oils have been shown to lower blood glucose, triglyceride and cholesterol levels. Each of these has tremendous clinical implications.