Lemon Balm Pesto…A Garden Fresh Recipe From Sweet Basil

Lemon Balm Pesto
Lemon Balm Pesto


  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups lemon balm leaves, tightly packed (or lemon verbana leaves)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 ounces parmesan cheese, grated
  • fresh ground pepper
  • salt


  1. Rinse lemon balm well in a bowl of water. Let it soak until needed.
  2. Grate parmesan if needed.
  3. Peel garlic. Set up your food processor with the cutting blade or use a blender. Turn the machine on and drop the garlic in while the blade is turning. Turn off when garlic is minced, after about 10 seconds.
  4. Rinse the lemon balm well and pat dry with towel. Remove leaves and put in food processor or blender. Put salt on top of leaves. Process until finely chopped but still a bit rough.
  5. With the machine going, slowly pour in olive oil.
  6. Stop the machine and add parmesan cheese. Process briefly to mix. Taste. Add salt and pepper as needed.
  7. To serve, stir pesto into hot cooked pasta, like this delicious Avocado Pesto Pasta or spread on bread or crackers. Eat warm or at room temperature.
  8. Refrigerate or freeze any extra.


Follow us, like us, share us. We are Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens on Facebook. Look for us on Pinterest, Youtube, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter. We are a local Middle Georgia producer of farm fresh fruits and vegetables and members of the American Poultry Association, licensed by the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture as Poultry Dealers and Brokers, and a proud member of the Georgia Grown program, a division of the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture. We also breed, sell and ship poultry, pet pigs, bearded irises and much more. We have an 80 acre working farm, with great emphasis on all natural gardening and livestock management practices. An 1840’s general store is situated on our property, and serves as our on-site farmer’s market. We have a large vegetable and herb garden, fruit orchards and more. Conveniently located off of Interstate 75 near the Johnstonville Rd exit (#193). We are six miles west, located in Barnesville, Lamar County, Georgia.

Recipe post by Tisha Johnson Matthews, of Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens. Photo credits to Passionaltely Raw.  Special thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test.

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