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Old 09-14-2016, 06:25 PM   #1
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Apples and lemon balm and basil, oh my! Garden musings

My elderly, decrepit apple tree was loaded with blossoms this spring, and was lovely. I was concerned about having an overabundance of apples and no room to freeze them. No worries. Due to our summer weather storms, I now have a grand total of three apples on the tree. The outdoor critters are very well-fed with the apple drops.

My lemon balm is out of control. I think I'll make lemon balm pesto using sunflower seeds (hard to get pinenuts that are fresh around here, and they're horribly expensive). Lemon balm tea will be in the works as well if I can find an empty pitcher.

My basil also needs to be pesto-ized.
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Old 09-14-2016, 06:50 PM   #2
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Dawg, these over-abundances sound like perfect opportunities to make gifts for the upcoming Holidays
As to nuts, why not try Walnuts. I saw bulk Walnuts at our local Costco rather inexpensive.
Just my thoughts anyways ... not sure where you are to-boot ...

I myself, am hoping to be able to be i my kitchen before the beginning of December so that I will have at least a small window to "make" stuff as gifts, but the cards may not be in our favor, so ... :shrug:
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Old 09-14-2016, 06:59 PM   #3
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My elderly, decrepit apple tree was loaded with blossoms this spring, and was lovely. I was concerned about having an overabundance of apples and no room to freeze them. No worries. Due to our summer weather storms, I now have a grand total of three apples on the tree. The outdoor critters are very well-fed with the apple drops.

My lemon balm is out of control. I think I'll make lemon balm pesto using sunflower seeds (hard to get pinenuts that are fresh around here, and they're horribly expensive). Lemon balm tea will be in the works as well if I can find an empty pitcher.

My basil also needs to be pesto-ized.
You beat me by 2 apples!!

I had 3, but only one survived . Im not sure it was even ripe when I picked it, but I figured, better get to it before the squirrels. I tossed it in with the other 100 + apples I got from a local orchard, so even if it wasn't ripe, didn't matter. At least now I can say I made homemade , home grown apple cider, and not be lying too much

I always wondered what to do with lemon balm. Didn't know you can make pesto from it. Actually, I never used it for anything other than picking a few leaves and smelling it .
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Surprised me that the tree culled itself so much. Yep, a home-grown apple does mean you made homemade cider. Amount doesn't matter.

Larry, this may turn out to be a "noble experiment". I did find some lemon balm pesto recipes, and the reviews were raving, all five of them. It does make good tea, and if not lemony enough, you can mix with additional lemon juice.

K-girl, I have 2 pounds of sunflower seeds to use up, so why not? I like walnuts in pesto too, but I'm just thick with sunflower seeds.

Hm. My hyssop is also quite prolific, though it's more tea material. Not sure I'd like hyssop pesto, too licoricy. Thinking I need to dig up a few more pitchers.
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Dawg, you know lemon balm is in the mint family, right?
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Yes indeedy. And the lemon balm has a few of its minty relatives around here, spear and pepper, though I smartly contained them in their own buried pots. They haven't formed hedges yet.

I think hyssop is also a mint relative with its square stems.
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Larry, this may turn out to be a "noble experiment". I did find some lemon balm pesto recipes, and the reviews were raving, all five of them. It does make good tea, and if not lemony enough, you can mix with additional lemon juice.
I've made vegan pesto using soaked cashews, maybe try using that instead of pinenuts? I am betting it would taste wonderful.
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I let my basil go to seed, both green and in another garden, purple. I collected the seeds stalks in some plastic bags, set outside in the sun, to dry out. Then I'll have seeds to separate from the stalks, and saved to plant in the spring next year.
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Good idea, blissful. I usually clip off the flowers and seed heads, will have to try this.
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I let my basil go to seed, both green and in another garden, purple. I collected the seeds stalks in some plastic bags, set outside in the sun, to dry out. Then I'll have seeds to separate from the stalks, and saved to plant in the spring next year.
I did the same! Though I am growing basil indoors so I can have it year rounnnnd..drool
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