Basil + Ginger + Peaches = Yum!
Herbs are not just for savory dishes or to pair with veggies. They can enhance the flavors of fruits as well. This summer, I happen to make a friend whose twin sister runs a peach orchard. Let’s just say this friendship has perks; I get personal deliveries of delicious, perfectly ripe Georgia peaches. It’s good to have friends in high places. A special thanks to Ogeechee Peaches 🙂
I really love ginger and peaches together. When I was considering what herb to pair with peaches (I was determined to put an herb in it) I first considered sweet mint. However, I felt that when working with desserts, mint is always the go to herb. My thoughts settled on basil next; it’s in the mint family, but still has its own definite flavor.
Spicy Globe Basil
This is the first time I have grown spicy globe basil. I was immediately drawn to it because it looks like a little boxwood shrub. The minuscule leaves are packed with potent basil flavor. Even its fragrance is much stronger than the other basil varieties. Because of its compact size, spicy globe basil is perfect for containers. It gets about a foot tall and wide. The best part about this basil, is that the little leaves requires no chopping: just pluck and garnish.
Tips for Making Peach Preserves
Have you heard of a soft skin peeler? If not, then I HIGHLY suggest you get one before you proceed to make this jam. I usually skip peeling peaches because I detest the whole blanching before you can peel it process. I’ve had this peeler for years and it dawned on me to try it on the peaches before I put a pot of water on to boil.
And hallelujah it worked! I will never blanch peaches again. I tried it on very ripe peaches and some that were on the green side; both times the peeler worked beautifully.By the way, the soft skin peeler works on hard fruits and veggies too.
You can use any type of basil for the jam. I have about 4 types in the garden at the moment, and decided to use this one because I wanted the little leaves to show in the jam.
I added the basil in at the last minute once the preserves were ready to be jarred.
Homemade preserves make wonderful gifts. I am preserving up a storm this summer in preparation for Christmas (yes, I went there). In addition to my herb salts, I plan to give homemade preserves made with seasonal edibles from the garden. Good thing I made some friends who own an orchard 🙂
Add a cute label on top and tuck these beauties away. When you need a ready to go gift to give for a baby shower, homecoming or welcome to the neighborhood, you’ll be well stocked. How about those cute labels? Well, you are in luck my friends. You can download a pdf version here or just right click and save the jpeg version and print them for yourself. Print them on printable sticker paper or on cardstock.
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