This is not my invention, but I definitely am willing to partake in as well as share this yumminess.

Fennel frond pesto! Who would have thought! I have a patch of fennel that continuously comes back in my perennial garden bed. It easily reseeds itself, and the sweet smell of fennel is welcome any day. I have an abundance of fronds, and had saved this “recipe” for an idea on what to do with these heavenly leaves.

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I chose to do a variation which I often do when making pesto. Instead of parmesan and pine nuts, I use nutritional yeast and walnuts. I typically have nutritional yeast on hand, it can be found in the bulk section, and I like the flavor. Walnuts are easier to come by than pine nuts as well, and I have those more often than pine nuts.

How to make fennel frond pesto:

  • 2.5 loose cups of fennel fronds
  • 2 – 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Add ingredients in that order to a blender / food processor / chopper. Whir away, scraping down sides if needed.

Transfer to a refrigerator dish.

I enjoyed this on some crackers, and it was extra special.

I think this is a wonderful alternative pesto for when basil is not in season. My fennel pops up early in spring so this is a more practical solution for when I want to make pesto.

This will definitely be part of my regular rotation.

It’s so beautiful and green!

This would be excellent on a spring inspired pizza, regular pasta, as a veggie dip, and toast.

Peace and love,

Kristan

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