I used to use pine nuts until I (and others) got an allergy - that is when I found out that we do not have the European pine nuts any more in NZ, but the Chinese ones which are (obviously) much cheaper AND are another variety which is apparently not very edible and lots of people get allergic to them.
So now I use almonds or cashews or walnuts.
Mar 13, 1:35am
I made this one last week as a vegan alternative and it was beautiful . I could only get Thai basil which I don't usually like but it was actually really good in pesto, and the pinenuts were delicious. (I used vegan parmesan instead of nutrional yeast. so just put your normal parmesan instead) I just threw it all in my old food processor and it was fine.
I'd mix the basil with parsley if it was too strong for my liking. Don't forget heaps of garlic and parmesan cheese too. I always use cashews as pine nuts are out of my budget. However, pesto is the one time I will splash out and buy a better olive oil - you really can taste the difference.
Mar 13, 2:07am
Thanks for sharing that link, great recipe. Do you make your own vegan parmesan?
Mar 13, 2:44am
I use sunflower seeds, makes a bargain pesto.
Mar 13, 2:45am
Pine nuts are good. but a bit expensive. Cashews will do.
Mar 13, 6:03am
Ok. So probably the only food that has thrived in our garden this year is Basil, parsley and spuds and the odd lettuce. Still waiting for my tomatoes but the green peppers are doing well. I would like to make my own basil pesto with olive oil, garlic and cashew nuts. Our kids love the bought stuff but the home grown basil is very strong. Would I obviously add less basil, same garlic and oil with a bit more cashews? Any suggestions? Would love to freeze for all year long use in pastas, dips etc. Seems a waste to let go.
Mar 13, 8:47am
I so love making and eating basil pesto. My kids will eat it when i use sunflower seeds and lots of parmesan, a bit more salt and lemon juice.Last week i was driving around sedan area and saw some strangely pruned pine trees. Turned out to be variety grown for harvesting pine nuts. I thought that was cool as i didn't know they were grown here. Probably exported LOL.
Mar 13, 8:53am
throw some parsley into it.
Mar 13, 8:54am
I make pesto with pine nuts from home grown sweet basil & freeze it . I don't find it too strong. Is it sweet basil you've grown? Some of the other types could be stronger,.