LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different commodity to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. This month, Colorado greenhouse herbs are featured in our Lemon Herb Parsley Pesto recipe.
Available Now… Greenhouse Herbs
Colorado produces a variety of greenhouse herbs including basil, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary and thyme. Fresh herbs add flavor to a variety of recipes. In addition to herbs, Colorado’s greenhouses grow cut flowers, bedding plants, vegetables and other agricultural products. There are more than 14.5 million square feet under glass or other protection in the state.
Look for Colorado greenhouse herbs at local grocery stores and restaurants across the state.
Lemon Herb Parsley Pesto
Chef Jason K. Morse, C.E. C., Valley Country Club, Aurora, Colo.
1-1/2 cups Basil, chopped
2 cups Parsley, chopped
1/2 cup Chervil, chopped
2 ea. Lemons 6 cloves Garlic, chopped
1/2 cup Pistachios, chopped
1-3/4 cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tbsp. Kosher Salt
Zest two lemons. Toast pistachios and chop. Chop herbs and garlic, then add all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Use a hand blender to mix until combined. Adjust seasoning as needed. Serve on a vegetarian flatbread sandwich.
Enjoy with a Colorado wine, such as a glass of Fumé Blanc from Garfield Estates Vineyard & Winery, located in Palisade, Colorado.
Visit www.coloradoagriculture.com  for a complete list of recipes.