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Organic Homemade Pesto from our Aquaponics Soilless Garden

Organic Homemade Pesto from our Aquaponics Soilless Garden

fresh basil

fresh basil in our aquaponics system


Basil pesto is one of those great tricks to have in your fridge at all times. Throw it on some quinoa, over a salad, or spread it on rice crackers with slices of turkey and cheese for a quick high protein snack. It packs so much flavor, it’s a great way to turn any bland meal into something amazing!

Right now we have heaps of basil growing in our aquaponics system. Stu showed me how to harvest it so that each basil plant will continue to produce optimal amounts of tasty little leaves. You cut the basil right above a two branch growth. You can cut two sections at a time. See photos below:

how to trim basil

trim basil above two sprouting branches

trimming basil from our aquaponics system

take 1 to 2 sections of growth

Once I harvested the basil I decided I would grab some mint to throw in a little extra flavor depth and keep it fresh. From there I took a look at what I had in my cupboard. I’m not a traditional recipe user, so I like to keep things simple by going off a basic “sauce” formula and applying what I know about traditional basil pesto.

Here is my basic sauce formula that I use for transforming any abundance of herbs into a something nice to have in the fridge that will last longer than the fresh leaves.

  • Raw garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Vinegar
  • Raw white onion
  • Herbs of choice
  • A touch of soya sauce
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Salt
  • A little spice

Traditional pesto ingredients:

  • Pine nuts
  • Basil
  • Sharp cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic

With these things in mind, I raided my cupboards and found the following ingredients:

  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Sea salt
  • Hot sauce
  • Soya sauce
  • Walnuts
  • And of course Basil and mint
fresh basil at taino farms

LOTS of fresh basil 

fresh mint from taino farms

just a bit of fresh mint to add a little freshness

I threw it all into a blender and bam! Beautiful, healthy, green food!

organic pesto

Organic homemade pesto tastes better, is better for you, and is less expensive than store bought varieties

This recipe is slightly more economical and better for you than the traditional pesto that you buy in a grocery store. For starters the basil and mint are grown in a soilless aquaponics bed with absolutely 100{f2973bc577a195c35cdcad3730db5f6ced97ed67eb120151c538413472fe3d08} organic nutrients in the water. There is no cheese or large amounts of oil and salt. By adding vinegar, soya sauce and nutritional yeast, the flavors are accentuated and balanced. Instead of pine nuts which contain 85{f2973bc577a195c35cdcad3730db5f6ced97ed67eb120151c538413472fe3d08} fat, and 7{f2973bc577a195c35cdcad3730db5f6ced97ed67eb120151c538413472fe3d08} protein, I opted for walnuts which are slightly higher in protein at 8{f2973bc577a195c35cdcad3730db5f6ced97ed67eb120151c538413472fe3d08} and are not as pricey.

I hope you enjoy your new basil pesto ‘recipe’ and hopefully you will be inspired to get creative with other influxes of garden herbs.