Lemon Balm and Lamb’s Quarters Pesto

spring green pasta

I anticipate that there will be a lot of lemon balm in the garden this year. More than ever I am motivated to make sure nothing in the garden goes to waste. I have an overabundance of lamb’s quarters that volunteered to make an appearance this year. I was a little unsure about lemon balm in a savory dish as I associate the “flavor” with sweets and desserts. Lemon Balm is not sour like real citrus it just reminds you of artificial lemon extract. What makes this dish work is the addition of something salty like parmesan cheese. Even a vegan type works. It has a very fresh taste and and a lovely green color.

Lemon Balm Pesto

1 cup of lemon balm leaves loosely packed

1 cup of lamb’s quarters, leaves loosely packed

1/2 cup of of pure olive oil

1/3 cup of lightly toasted pumpkin seeds

zest of medium lemon grated

salt and pepper to taste

Blend all of the ingredients in a food processor until you get a smooth paste. If you like your pesto a little thinner you can add lemon juice or water to the mixture.

Mix into cooked warm pasta and top with the parmesan cheese of your choice. Any leftover pesto will store in the refrigerator for at least two weeks.

There will be several recipes that feature lemon balm in the next few weeks so I will not repeat the information previously written about its properties and uses.

I would love to hear what you like to make with lemon balm.

Published by blackbirdsbackyard

My backyard botanical pharmacy is located in Boulder Colorado. I began studying herbal medicinewhen I was 12 years old. In college I studied subjects like anthropology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, After graduation I decided to go to midwifery school. I attended births and had a small practice until I retired early in order to be a mother full time. I have always had an herb garden, gathered plants and made my own healing formulas with plants. Over the last 30 years there have been many teachers and I have attended dozens of workshops. I am one of those people who is always reading, studying and learning. In 2019 I was called to practice as an herbalist professionally, using "plant spirit medicine" and bio-energetic ( 5 element)healing techniques. I feel that there is a big need in the community for my skills and talents. I hope to inspire others to start their own backyard pharmacies as a solution to species extinction and the healthcare crisis in America. Healing has also become a spiritual practice and way for me to feel balanced and connected with nature. I consult with clients in person, teach classes (adults and kids), give tours of my garden and offer apprenticeships. Health, joy, meaning, and support are everyone's birthright.

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