By the season…

As we plan our meals two important aspects to keep in mind are: season and local. By eating foods that are in season, we are supporting our health. By eating locally grown foods, we are helping to sustain our local economy. However, there is more to it than just those two aspects.

“Eating seasonally … also promotes balance with both the earth’s resources and its life forms. The changing of the seasons is a source of natural diversity that should be embraced rather than combated.” http://www.naturesgardenexpress.com/blog/eat-seasonal-for-health/.

And there are at least 8 other great reasons to eat seasonally and local. However, let’s get to this recipe that I found and love – Carrot Top Pesto!

In the first week when I went to pick up my CSA share, I saw these beautiful carrots with luscious green tops. I couldn’t bear to cut and discard these tops. So I went to the internet and found this recipe from SimplyRecipes (https://www.simplyrecipes.com). I have made this recipe several times when entertaining and everyone has enjoyed it.

Carrot Top Pesto – takes only 10 minutes to make
INGREDIENTS
• 1 cup (packed, about 40 g) carrot top greens, tough stems removed
• 1 cup (packed, about 40 g) baby spinach
• 1 large clove garlic, roughly chopped
• 1/2 cup (63 g) roasted unsalted cashews
• 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
• 1/2 cup (118 ml)extra virgin olive oil

Special equipment:
• Food processor

METHOD
1 Prep the carrot tops: Rinse the carrot top greens to dislodge any dirt. .Pick out and discard any dry, yellowed or otherwise unappetizing looking leaves. Discard tough stems.
2 Pulse greens, garlic, cashews, salt, pepper in food processor. Place the carrot tops greens, baby spinach, chopped garlic, roasted cashews, salt, and pepper in a food processor. Pulse several times. Scrape the sides down with a rubber spatula.
3 Slowly add the olive oil: While the food processor is running, slowly pour in the olive oil in a steady stream. Scrape the sides down with a rubber spatula. Pulse until smooth.
From Simply Recipes~ https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recpi eslcarro t_top _pesto/

Do you know what fruits or vegetables are in season in your region? If not, this website will help you –https://www.seasonalfoodguide.org/

Enjoy!