Tideford Organics pesto, from Devon
Tideford Organics’ pesto was one of the items I picked up last week at the University of Plymouth’s first farmers’ market, organised by the Students’ Union.
Despite the Cornish name, they are based in Totnes in Devon, as you might know, as they have been around a while and sell to some fairly well-known outlets.
I picked up a jar of their organic pesto (£2.50) at the food festival, after failing to resist the temptation offered by the lady on their stall to try a little.
The reason I bought it was that it tasted different to other pestos, both shop bought and the time I tried to make one myself (a dismal failure – though a wild garlic version I made was brilliant, frankly). It lacked the acidic, astringent taste you get with some pestos. I tried to explain that it tasted like it had less Parmesan cheese in it, only to be told it was 20 per cent Parmesan. Shows what I know.
Irrespective of my slapdash palete, it was pretty good, a smooth and gentle pesto, unlikely to overpower any dish it was added to. Pretty good on a big pile of penne or some gnocci in the early evening with a monster glass of wine.