Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Day 40: The Second Basil Harvest

Well, it's only a week later since the massive harvest, and as you can see, the basil grew back, and is still growing like crazy. The water level dropped by several cups, because the basil plants are hungrily drinking it all up. I refilled the water.

Admittedly, I'm getting a little confused by the slightly different instructions on the International Basil version of the Aerogarden, although it's my fault for not filling out the handy checklist that they provided in two places :) I think I was supposed to "rinse and refill" but I ended up just refilling. Let's see if that affects the growth of the basil...

I've always said when I had a basil garden, the first recipe would be pesto, the second would be a margherita pizza.

For those who don't know, the margherita pizza gets its name from Queen Margherita of Italy in 1889. This kind of pizza is quintessentially Italian, because its colors mimic the colors of the Italian flag: the tomatoes give the red, the mozzarella cheese gives the white, and the basil gives the green. The Queen enjoyed the pizza so much she wrote its creator Raffaelle Esposito, who named it after her.

Here's my version of the pizza. Everything was made from scratch, from the crust to the tomato sauce, and of course, the Aerogarden basil. Traditionally, I don't think they contain this much basil, but of course, I have more than I know what to do with :)

Actually, I made three of them! :)
Buying all this basil in a supermarket would have cost at least $8-10, and it would have likely been several days old by the time I bought in. Here, I just picked them fresh off the plant, and there's plenty more where it came from!

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