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1. Gather the ingredients

  • A bunch of fresh organic basil
  • 5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup of organic sunflower seeds

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2. Chop the basil

Wash the basil; and if you think it needs a little refreshment, you can give the basil leaves an ice bath before drying and chop (only the leaves!) well.

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3. Add extra virgin olive oil

Make sure the olive oil is extra virgin and if it’s organic and local, that’s even better.

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4. Chop the garlic

Chop the garlic, 2 cloves are great, but if you want a stronger garlicky taste, don’t shy away, add some more.

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5. Mix the basil, garlic and extra virgin olive oil

Mix the basil, garlic and olive oil so that they start releasing lovely juices and blending flavors.

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6. Add the Parmesan

If you can grate the Parmesan from a chunk from Le Fromagerie down the road, that will be fantastic, otherwise the one from the packet will still add good texture.

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7. Chop the cute sunflower seeds

They are scented, and they are soft and easy to cut. Slice them in half.

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8. Mix and taste it along

Mix all together: the basil, the olive oil, the Parmesan and the sunflower seeds. Add a hint of lemon or pepper if you’d like, add as much or as little as desired, and choose the best quality ingredients you can.

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9. By hand and local

Make this fresh recipe slowly, by hand, and use produce that grows nearby. And be creative!

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10. Store it

You can store your pesto in the last pesto jar you bought, inside the fridge. It won’t last very long, so enjoy immediately.

The beautiful ceramic bowls featured here are made by hand by Victoria Watson.

Photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitots