When I arrived at the Historic Y to pick up my Tucson CSA share on Wednesday night, I was immediately thankful. Thankful that I live in the Sonoran Desert, where the mild weather allows local farmers to grow beautiful and bountiful produce all winter long. Thankful for the kind, knowledgeable Tucson CSA volunteers who are happy to tell me the name of each kind of produce, where it originates from, and how to use it. Thankful for the fact that that I didn’t ride my bike because, let’s be honest, seven ginormous oranges, four bags of winter greens, and a head of broccoli are just a little too much to fit in my modest backpack. Picking up my Tucson CSA share every week is a grand reminder of what I love most about Tucson: the people, the food, and the weather. This Spicy Winter Greens Pesto is another thing that reminds me of the character of Tucson.
Like Tucson, this Spicy Winter Greens Pesto is full of wonderful things. It’s packed with parmesan cheese, garlic, rosemary, spicy winter greens, local pecans, citrusy orange zest, and a good dose of olive oil. Spicy Winter Greens Pesto is truly a reflection of the bounty of winter produce that thrives in Southern Arizona right now. Although there isn’t a leaf of basil to be found, this pesto is as flavorful as you could ever want a pesto to be.
I like this Spicy Winter Greens Pesto right off the spoon, but it’s also great smothered on a piece of rustic bread, dolloped on a pizza, and tossed with pasta. Or, toss it with some root vegetables before or after roasting them. Whichever way you choose to eat it, Spicy Winter Greens Pesto is sure to make you glad for the taste and freshness of local produce.