Homemade Pesto

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Homemade pesto.Photo by Nine is the Magic Number
Pesto is made from extra virgin olive oil, pine nuts and basil (and other ingredients of your choice), and is usually served with pasta. History of pesto sauce reveals that the sauce was first prepared in Italy, in the area of Genoa, but some believe that history of sauce leads to the Roman Empire when they had preparing cheese spread with basil leaves.
Ingredients: 450 g of fresh basil, 5 cloves of garlic, 75 g of grated Parmesan cheese, 75 g pine nuts or walnuts, 160 ml of olive oil (extra virgin), Pepper to taste.
Method of preparation: Blend all ingredients in a blender at high speed so that everything is evenly chopped and mixed. Instead of mixing all the ingredients, you can manually mash it.
About Basil: The word Basil (Italian – Basilico, Eng. Basil) comes from the Greek word basilikon, which means royal and reflects respect of ancient cultures for this plant. The Romans identified Basil with love and devotion, and it was believed that man will love a woman forever from which he receives a sprig of basil. In India, basil is cherished as a symbol of welcome, and in Ayurveda, one of the types of basil (tulsi, lat. Ocimum tenuiflorum) is used to treat many diseases – diabetes, asthma, impotence, kidney stones, infertility and allergies.
It protects the heart and blood vessels
Basil is a good source of vitamin B6 and magnesium. Vitamin B6 prevents the buildup of potentially dangerous molecule homocysteine. Although homocysteine is product of natural cellular processes, can damage the vessel wall if is not quickly converted into harmless molecules, and B6 in that conversion plays a key role. Magnesium promotes cardiovascular health by helping to relax the muscles and blood vessels. Thus, blood flow and reduces the risk of abnormal heart rhythms. Magnesium strengthens the heart muscle and act preventively against attacks.
Natural antibiotic
Studies have shown that oil of Basil has a beneficial effect on the immune system. Fresh basil leaves and oil have antibacterial and antiseptic properties and can be used in the treatment of infections. Basil can also be used locally – when you place basil leaves on the wound they can prevent bacterial infection.
The benefits of Basil:
a powerful antioxidant
has antibacterial properties
strengthens the immune system
prevent oxidation of cholesterol
protects the heart and blood vessels
helps fight infection
reduces the inflammation caused by arthritis.


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