Wednesday, July 22, 2015

2015 Farm Share Week 9

Hello Everyone,

This week you will find in your shares:

Wed. July 22
  • Potatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Squash
  • Basil

Sat. July 25

  • Potatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Asian Eggplant!!
  • Cherry Tomatoes!!
  • Squash
  • Basil
  • Sage!!



Basil - According to ancient legend, St.Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine, was told in a vision that she would find the True Cross in a place where the air was sweet with perfume; she discovered it under a patch of Basil.  The word basil comes from basilikon, meaning kingly.  In many places custom demanded that the king himself cut the first basil of the season with a golden sickle, iron was too base.

Sweet basil is a native of India, where it is sacred.  It has been used in the kitchen since at least 400 B.C.  when the Greek physician/botanist Chrysippos described it as one of his favorite seasonings.  In the middle ages it worked it’s way northward through France.

We love making pesto with fresh basil.  Remember if you’re using it in a cooked dish, add it at the last minute as heat will destroy it’s flavor, and turn it black.

In France they sometimes make Pistou, or pistou sauce, is a Proven├žal cold sauce made from cloves of garlic, fresh basil, and olive oil. It is somewhat similar to pesto, although it lacks pine nuts. Some modern versions of the recipe include grated parmesanpecorino or similar hard cheeses. A somewhat similar sauce is Argentine chimichurri made with parsley.

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