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English: Pesto is a sauce originating in Genoa in the Liguria region of northern Italy (pesto genovese), and traditionally consists of crushed garlic, basil and European pine nuts blended with olive oil and Parmigiano Reggiano and Fiore Sardo (pecorino sardo). The name is the contracted past participle of the Genoese word pestâ (Italian: pestare), which means to pound, to crush, in reference to the original method of preparation, with marble mortar and wooden pestle. However, the ingredients in a traditionally made pesto are not "pounded" but "ground" with a circular motion of the pestle in the mortar. This same Latin root through Old French also gave rise to the English word pestle.
Italiano: Il pesto (pronuncia in lingua ligure: ) è un tipico condimento originario della Liguria. Il suo ingrediente base è il basilico (Ocimum basilicum) o meglio, il Basilico Genovese (in lingua ligure baxeicò [baʒeɪ'kɔ] o baxaicò [baʒaɪ'kɔ]). Oltre al basilico, vengono pestati a crudo pinoli e aglio, il tutto condito con parmigiano (e/o pecorino, a seconda delle tradizioni locali) ed olio di oliva extravergine.
sauce made from basil, pine nuts, Parmigiano Reggiano, olive oil, and garlic
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