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Comments on 80 Breakfasts: Wild Food #2: Gotu Kola Pesto





Updated: 2015-05-18T15:13:16.300+08:00

 



Hi Jelo! Thanks for all the good information on g...

2010-04-24T07:39:38.556+08:00

Hi Jelo! Thanks for all the good information on gotu kola! :) That drink does sound good right about now!



Hello Chichajo, Gotu Kola is known locally in the...

2010-04-23T05:41:08.483+08:00

Hello Chichajo,

Gotu Kola is known locally in the Philippines as takip-kuhol and it is used widely in Vietnam as a cure or preventative for/of rheumatic pains. You can make a really refreshing herbal-vegetal tasting beverage by taking a handful of plucked and washed leaves and blitzing it in a blender with cracked ice and simple syrup. After blitzing, strain. An awesome restorative on hot days.

Kind regards,

Jelo



Hi ChichaJo! I'll buzz you if I ever strike u...

2010-04-05T16:08:09.795+08:00

Hi ChichaJo! I'll buzz you if I ever strike up the courage to take a bite on my Gotu Kola. ;-)



Hi Chris! I wouldn't say they taste awful :) ...

2010-03-31T20:13:17.680+08:00

Hi Chris! I wouldn't say they taste awful :) In fact, I do think they add an interesting note in a green salad...and it was just fine in this pesto all by itself :)



Hello there! I actually grow Gotu Kola plants in m...

2010-03-27T21:01:19.493+08:00

Hello there! I actually grow Gotu Kola plants in my backyard.

I've been meaning to try them but I heard they taste awful. Your description (sour & bitter) sort of confirms it.

Maybe for your next pesto experimentation, you can just add a tinge of Gotu Kola, but still have Sweet Basil as your primary leaf.



Hi Francis! Thanks for visiting! Wish I could he...

2010-01-18T11:07:31.903+08:00

Hi Francis! Thanks for visiting! Wish I could help you out but I don't know of any Filipino herb book...if you find one let me know!



A very well written blog indeed, additionally, the...

2010-01-17T00:08:10.271+08:00

A very well written blog indeed, additionally, the blog is so concise and interesting. I am a big fan of herbs and I drink Gotu Kola as a tea on a regular basis (and yes it is tasteless).

I am very glad that I come across your blog and I would definitely try this pesto soon. Just a query if I may, do you know of a good Filipino herb book? Would be grateful if you can recommend one at least (the more the better though).

All the best!



Hi Anonymous! Since I don't live in the US I ...

2010-01-15T10:07:37.310+08:00

Hi Anonymous! Since I don't live in the US I really don't know where you could find it over there. Sorry, wish I could be more help!



i am desperate to find gotukola in USA.... do u kn...

2009-12-12T08:06:49.745+08:00

i am desperate to find gotukola in USA.... do u know of any state that has it?



Hi Jean! Lucky you! I wish I could plant them bu...

2008-10-23T07:45:00.000+08:00

Hi Jean! Lucky you! I wish I could plant them but I live in an apartment with no balcony (not even a window box!) so plants are a bit tricky...Will check out your site!



Oh hi, I live in Cottonwoods Antipolo and have ple...

2008-10-22T10:19:00.000+08:00

Oh hi, I live in Cottonwoods Antipolo and have plenty of Gotu Kola in my garden, giving it away for the rest to benefit as well. Let me know, if want to plant them. Check out my website www.soupoftheday.weebly.com I also blogged this herb. Would try the gotu kola pesto, i might like it and who knows maybe we can include in our pasta line or specialty soup!
Bond with me guys, will be coming up with real food revolution campaig ;)



Hi S! Are you based in Manila? I get my gotu kol...

2008-08-18T14:09:00.000+08:00

Hi S! Are you based in Manila? I get my gotu kola from the Saturday Salcedo Market here in Makati...from the Herbana Farms stall. The purveyor, Gil Carandang, can answer any questions you might have about the herbs he carries :)



I'm searching the net for a way to identify the tr...

2008-08-18T09:45:00.000+08:00

I'm searching the net for a way to identify the true gotu kola plant. I now have 2 varieties and I'm still not sure if either one of them is the real thing. Any ideas who can help?



Hi Chiara! So glad to hear you enjoyed this post ...

2007-10-18T18:56:00.000+08:00

Hi Chiara! So glad to hear you enjoyed this post :) I was veru happy to learn more about gotu kola and ways to use it...it's quite an herb! When I have a surfeit of greens (not just basil) I like to make them into pesto to "stretch" their life and their use. That gotu kola sambol sounds fantastic and like something I would really like...would you have a recipe? And other suggested uses? :)



What a surprise to see our humble gotu kola making...

2007-10-17T15:09:00.000+08:00

What a surprise to see our humble gotu kola making an appearance! I'm Sri Lankan and we regularly eat gotu kola sambol [gotu kola, fresh grated coconut, onions, green chillies and lime] with rice. Now I'm dying to try out this pesto especially since gotu kola is more common than basil over here.



Haha! Hi Tanna! Yes, pesto can go as far as your...

2007-06-22T19:18:00.000+08:00

Haha! Hi Tanna! Yes, pesto can go as far as your imagination :)



Sounds like that would absolutely be wild Joey! A...

2007-06-22T02:23:00.000+08:00

Sounds like that would absolutely be wild Joey! As much as I love basil, I'm learning that pesto can be so much more!



Hi Nens! I just chanced upon it in Tagaytay and g...

2007-06-21T20:40:00.000+08:00

Hi Nens! I just chanced upon it in Tagaytay and got it because it looked pretty :) Ended up being tasty and healthy...love life's little surprises huh? :) You can use a lot of greens in pesto...My mom made a cilantro pesto before...not for the faint of heart, but I loved it!

Hi Rasa Malaysia! Thank you so much! :) I'm so happy I found your site!

Hi Sha! Let me know what your Sri Lankan friends say...and safe journey to you! :)

Hi Ipshi! The pine nuts are the little things that look a bit like seeds in my picture of the pesto, beside the pesto bottle :) You can substitute walnuts or pistachios...I'm sure other nuts would work as well, each lending their own distinct flavor, but walnuts and pistachios are the ones that I've already tried :)



what can i put instead of pine-nuts? i dont even k...

2007-06-21T14:34:00.000+08:00

what can i put instead of pine-nuts? i dont even know wat they r so i dont know where to look!! :(



haha 2 leaves a day.. let me ask the sri lankas i ...

2007-06-20T18:32:00.000+08:00

haha 2 leaves a day.. let me ask the sri lankas i know here...
am back in france.. monday 6 days crossing to venice where we will cruise to croatia.

pille comment really tickles me
elixir.... hmmmm



Thanks for leaving me a comment. Your site is gorg...

2007-06-20T15:31:00.000+08:00

Thanks for leaving me a comment. Your site is gorgeous with wonderful pictures...I have found a gem!



Wow, I've never heard of Gotu Kola at all! But tha...

2007-06-20T14:07:00.000+08:00

Wow, I've never heard of Gotu Kola at all! But thanks to you I know all there is to know about it now. And it's so good to know considering how healthy it is! I have yet to try anything other than basil or arugula in a pesto. :)



Hi Kelly-jane! Thanks! :) I like to turn a lot of ...

2007-06-20T13:52:00.000+08:00

Hi Kelly-jane! Thanks! :) I like to turn a lot of leftover greens into pesto...arugula, parsley, mint...it's a great way to use greens :)

Hi Bron! Thanks! :) Thank you for coming up with such an interesting theme!

Hi Midge! And when I encountered it I didn't even have a clue about all its medicinal values! Hehe :)

Hi Mila! I don't think the markets of this city are ready for Lara Croft Herb Raider ;) Yup, got it at Herbana. The farm in Tagaytay where I first found it is linked here as well. Nope, Blogger is not translating into Tagalog for me...interesting though! :)

Hi Ipshi! You are both so sweet and so funny! :) You totally made me laugh out loud! Hehehe :) Pesto is really easy to make, and it is easy to experiment and tweak in this small quantity here....just change the gotu kola to basil and you have your basic basil pesto. Then you can experiment with changing the greens as well as the nuts, and changing the quantities to suit your taste. Then you can make bigger batches and share :)



i really wanna make my own pesto... i think this j...

2007-06-20T12:57:00.000+08:00

i really wanna make my own pesto... i think this just might be the push i needed... u know wat they say (meaning the spiritually inclined) when the student is ready ... the master appears.
Thanks for appearing master ;)



I say, wear your Lara Croft Herb Raider outfit! It...

2007-06-20T10:58:00.000+08:00

I say, wear your Lara Croft Herb Raider outfit! It would have been a kick! Maybe they should do a costume market day, everyone dresses up!

Sounds like a great salad addition, did you get it at Herbana?

(note: my blogger thingy suddenly has all the instructions in tagalog! "Mag-post nang isang Komentaryo sa: 80 breakfasts" and all the comments start with "ayon kay ..." Is this a new thing? I never noticed they started translating.)