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Pistou basil is known for its uniformity and compact leaves that form evenly in shape. Pistou basil has typical green leaves and is highly aromatic giving off a sweet aroma. Pistou basil offers a mild basil flavor with light herbaceous and sweet notes. This basil variety is commonly used to make "Pistou" sauce, a French sauce similar to Italian pesto.
Pistou basil is available in the spring and summer months.
Pistou basil, botanically known as Ocimum basilicum 'pistou', is a dwarf variety of basil. Pistou is french for "pounded", the method used when making pistou sauce, a mortal and pestle classic french basil sauce.
Pistou basil is a good source of vitamin A, known for promoting healthy eyes and skin. Basil's essential oil is commonly extracted and used in aromatherapy as a calming and clarifying oil to treat migraines and sometimes depression.
Pistou basil has a much more mild flavor compared to the common sweet basil variety with a strong licorice basil aroma. Utilize this basil's mild flavor and prominent aroma steeped in teas or muddled into white summer sangria. The uniformity of Pistou basil leaves lends itself to be a perfect garnish on any dish featuring Mediterranean, Italian and Provencal flavors. Pistou basil will add color, fragrance and light flavor to infused jams and jellies, baked goods and even homemade soaps.
Pistou basil is believed to originate from India and is now commonly grown throughout the United States as an ornamental and culinary use plant. Basil has been revered by the Greeks, Italians and Provencals for centuries. Considered a scarfed herb at the time, women were not allowed to gather basil and an entire ritual including proper cleansing and wardrobe was included in the harvest.
Recipes that include Pistou Basil. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Love & Olive Oil||Seared Scallops with Basil Olive Oil Pistou|
|Baked Bree||Vegetable Pistou|
|Once Upon a Chef||Zucchini- Basil Pistou|