Nasturtium pesto

Both David and I love to add pesto to some pasta, a nice sandwich, a chickpea salad, homemade pizza or pretty much anything. Of course we got excited when we heard that you can make your own pesto from Nasturtium leaves (which happen to grow in the size of bushes in our garden).

Pesto normally contains pine nuts, but since Kelowna (and our laundry room) is full of walnuts, it seemed like a natural substitution. On top of that I also had a bunch of onion stems left from harvesting all of our yellow onions earlier in the day that I decided to throw in for some extra flavour.

Freshly picked Nasturtium leaves and flowers

Here’s the whole list of ingredients that was inspired by this nice recipe:

  • A large bowl full of Nasturtium leaves and flowers
  • 2 cups of walnuts
  • 2 cups of green onion
  • Juice and peel from 1 lemon
  • 3 cups of olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • salt & pepper

I simply mixed it all together into a smooth paste and then filled up a jar for immediate use and little boxes to save in the freezer for later.

Walnuts from our neighbour and garlic from the garden as well as some extra virgin olive oil and salt & pepper.

Our poor little hand mixer almost overheated from all the hard work of mixing pesto.

Lovely smooth pesto paste

Ready to eat – pesto from the garden :)


4 thoughts on “Nasturtium pesto

  1. Det ser grymt gott ut! Men Det här är nog vårat första år utan krasse så det får bli ett tips till kommande år. Ha det fint kram

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