This lady makes one of the most delicious garden recipes, pesto. She uses masses of basil from my garden. She purchased other ingredients from the market. To mix the ingredients, she used only my old blender. This pesto did not require an expensive food processor.
The garden-grown basil requires only time and water. The weight of basil shown here would cost more than fifteen dollars retail. However, the pine nuts, cheese, and olive oil ran more than fifteen dollars.
We also purchased the garlic, but garlic can be grown. I am experimenting with using green garlic leaves instead of the cloves. If handfuls of garlic leaves can be used in recipes, I can leave the cloves in the garden to grow more garlic. And to repel insects.
Growers know gardens trade time for economy. Planting the basil required an investment of time. And water.
Market vegetables are expensive. Basil is very expensive, three dollars for less than a trimmed ounce.
Balancing the time required to grow basil against the true cost of market basil, I include in the calculations the time required to go to a super-market. I can walk to the garden in a minute, cut a salad in less than three minutes. Going to a quality supermarket can take an hour — not including the work time to earn a paycheck to pay for the vegetables, the automobile, insurance, and gasoline.
I judge the return on investment okay. Perhaps 10% per week. I also win the regard of my neighbors, who receive shopping bags heavy with fresh basil.
Mikhoo shot this video with a Nikon P100. Edited with Final Cut Pro 7. Titles with Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator. Voice over audio recorded with a Tascam handheld digital recorder
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( Garlic is a central ingredient in the foods of the world — Asia, the Middle East, north Africa, Europe, and the elite restaurants of the Americas. Many cultures believe garlic to be medicinal.
( Beyond its exotic flavor of basil, basil is rich in vitamin E, and trace minerals, including zinc, which is vital for overall physical health.
( In the spring, summer, and fall, I grow a forest of basil. Some cooks preserve fresh basil with coarse salt. This is toxic. Salt increases the risk of high blood pressure, high blood pressure leads to vascular failure, heart disease, strokes. Fast food drive-throughs spike their greasy products with heavy doses of salt. This also leads to fluid retention. Look at the people who live on fast-food, their faces and necks sag with the grease in their subcutaneous fat.
( To preserve the masses of summer and fall basil, blend the leaves with olive oil, then place quart containers in the freezer. The olive oil thickens to a semi-solid — a cook can spoon out portions of basil for seasoning or making pesto. This also puts olive oil into the dishes, an excellent way to reverse the fat build up in the human vascular system.
( Anyone who eats corporate meals will be exposed to excess fat, too often in the form of transfats which the human body may not be able to digest and utilize. Olive oil replaces systemic fat with beneficial oils. Again, look at the people who frequent fast-food drive-throughs. They are fat, slow, and ugly.
( Clinical research shows basil and other green leafy vegetables are rich in a phyto-nutrient, nitrate. This nutrient boosts the efficiency of mitochondria in cells throughout the body. This in turn increases the energy of an individual.
( Scientists have also learned that nitrates are precursor chemicals for the body to produce nitric oxide.
( Nitric oxide is an important molecule which improves circulation by opening blood vessels, relaxing veins and arteries, and lowering high blood pressure.
( In pharmaceutical production, nitric oxide is a precursor chemical for sildenafil, the generic name for Viagra. Viagra accelerates blood flow to genitals — the same effect a diet rich in green vegetables may produce.
( In this way, basil salads with olive oil not only contribute to vascular health, basil may be a natural remedy for erectile dysfunction. As nitrates enhance vascular health and increase the production of vitamin E, a diet rich in garden greens may simultaneously stimulate sex hormones and sexual performance for males.
( For women, garden greens boost the libido with the trace mineral, manganese, through the production of estrogen.
( Many health advocates recommend tofu — a soy product — for older women enduring menopause. They believe soy may act as a natural estrogen replacement contributing to stronger bones, firmer breasts, beautiful skin, and continuing libido. And beyond beauty, this contributes to a more joyful personality. )
Diet, health, beauty through garden-grown vegetables — not only will gardeners enjoy inexpensive, non-toxic food, a natural diet will contribute to a slender, attractive physique and personality. )
Eat green. For health, beauty, and many pleasures.
Post time: Jun-26-2017