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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