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Wild garlic pesto recipe

Wild garlic pesto recipe

As part of the allium family, wild garlic is a plant that is great for diverse cooking. All parts of the wild garlic plant are edible, making for a perfect addition to flavoursome and healthy recipes. Not only is this easy wild garlic pesto recipe a wonderful alternative to shop-bought, but it will fill your house with a delicious aroma whilst cooking. This recipe offers numerous variations of serving opportunities; serve as a sauce to a green salad, use as a dip or make wild garlic pesto pasta.

Wild garlic season 

With its fresh and recognizable smell, wild garlic has an unmistakable scent that marks the beginning of summer blooms. Find it growing in shaded areas of woodland, fields, hedgerows, and even on river banks. Dense clusters of this snowy white flower can generally be found in damp and shaded areas of the UK. Starting to bloom as early as April, wild garlic can be recognised from its bright green leaves and hanging white flowers. As a spring bloomer, this is the perfect plant to forage for spring salads. 

Wild garlic plant benefits

Wild garlic has been associated with numerous health benefits. So much so that the Association for the Protection and Research on European Medicinal Plants designated wild garlic the “Plant of the Year” for 1992 due to its substantial cardiovascular benefits.

Wild garlic contains copper, vitamins A and C, phosphorus, iron, and calcium and can be consumed both raw and cooked. Academic studies have found that wild garlic has the ability to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and improve heart functions in animals.

However, it is important to note that it has been cautioned that wild garlic may hold natural blood-thinning properties and therefore is not suitable for people already taking blood-thinning medication.

Foraging wild garlic

Wild garlic is not protected in the UK so you are free to forage for it as long as you do so responsibly, taking just the above-ground sections of the plant and leaving the bulbs securely in the ground. Read this article on the laws surrounding foraging food to ensure that you are foraging responsibly and sustainably. 

How to make wild garlic pesto 

Ingredients:

  • Wild garlic leaves, 175g
  • Grated Parmesan 60g
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • Fussels rapeseed oil (or extra virgin olive oil) 115ml
  • 1 Lemon
  • 50g of nuts of your choice, such as walnuts or pine nuts
  • One pinch of fine Sea Salt 
  • One pinch of pepper 

Note: Fussels rapeseed oil is one of our newest additions to the shop in The Caff in the Courtyard.

Method:

Step 1: Wash the garlic leaves carefully and chop finely.

Step 2: Peel and dice one clove of garlic and grate your parmesan cheese. An alternative vegan hard cheese can be used to make this wild garlic pesto vegan friendly.

Step 3: Using a blender, add your wild garlic, cheese, garlic clove and nuts. Slowly add the rapeseed oil and squeeze your lemon until the mixture becomes a smooth paste. Taste the pesto and add salt and pepper.

Tip: For an extra zing, you may wish to add the zest from your Lemon to your pesto.

Step 4: Use straight away or store in a sealed glass jar in the fridge, or freeze in an ice cube tray to add directly to cooking dishes. Use to top fresh sourdough to make  wild garlic bread or atop a green salad or fresh pasta.

We hope that you enjoyed this garlic pesto sauce recipe. Visit our other journal posts to see lots more healthy recipes and journal posts.