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Spring has sprung! Wild garlic pesto

Oooh what a beautiful day it’s been today! Spring is in the air and the perfect time to start foraging in nature’s pantry. I went for a walk this afternoon and collected some wild garlic from a wood near me.

For those of you who haven’t sampled the delights of wild garlic this is what it looks like:

it’s mostly found it woodland areas like this one – yes that carpet is all wild garlic

..and it smells very much like garlic. Pick leaves from a few different plants so you don’t strip whole plants and then bring them home and make – wild garlic pesto!

I love the bright shade of green wild garlic produces – that’s chlorophyll and all the goodies in the leaves. This is such an easy recipe to make and it’s free!

A big bunch of wild garlic
A few glugs of olive oil (you do need quite a bit and may need to add more for consistancy
A tablespoon of nutritional yeast (vegan) or parmesan
2 table spoons of ground almonds (a bit random but I had some that needed using up and it seems to work!)
A squirt of lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

You literally just whizz it all up in a food processor or a hand blender
Serve with your favourite crackers or oatcakes, or add a blob to chilis, soups or salads


A delicious, zesty springtime delight, full of nutrients and free – what could be better?!

 

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. I made some yesterday and also had to use ground almonds. The ramsoms, which came in a big bag from Riverford, can be a little powerful. But it’s very tasty, too.

    1. That’s great Nick! You’re right the wild garlic can be quite pungent especially the young leaves where the flavour is concentrated, you could try adding some nettles or watercress to calm the flavour down a bit. They’ll be plenty coming out at the moment – just check in your local woodland. Enjoy!

  2. That’s great Nick! You’re right the wild garlic can be quite pungent especially the young leaves where the flavour is concentrated, you could try adding some nettles or watercress to calm the flavour down a bit. They’ll be plenty coming out at the moment – just check in your local woodland

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