Things You Didn’t Know About Pesto
It’s no surprise that pesto has become a favourite ingredient in the kitchen of families all around the world, and particularly, in South Africa.
This tasty treat can be incorporated into a variety of dishes, adding a burst of flavour and nutrients, too. Pesto Princess has rounded up six interesting facts about this mouth-watering sauce:
Pesto was first made in Liguria, Italy.
A predecessor to pesto, moretum was eaten by the Romans and was made by crushing garlic, salt, cheese, herbs, olive oil and vinegar together.
Despite a long history, pesto only became popular worldwide in the 1980s and 1990s.
Pesto can be made from a variety of flavoursome ingredients, but basil remains the most common herb used.
Green-coloured pestos are usually made from basil, rocket, spinach, coriander or dill, and red pestos are usually made from red peppers or sundried tomatoes.
Today pesto is commonly eaten with pasta, potatoes, on sandwiches, with meat and in salads.
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