I have been seeing lots of posts and recipes using wild garlic, not least from the fabulous Kellie from Food to Glow, and I have been desperate to try some, but not brave enough to forage for it myself! As the name suggests, wild garlic grows wildly, in our countryside, but like all foraged goods, you really need to know what you’re looking for. It’s very easy to pick the wrong thing and poison yourself, so be sure you know what you’re looking for before you don gloves and grab scissors and basket….!
Kellie recently posted this photo and description on her Instagram account, which was extremely useful..
…especially when someone recently tried to sell me some supposed ‘wild garlic’ that looked more like the poisonous version that Kellie talks about!!!!! Luckily I referred to her photo before eating it 🙂
This weekend I purchased some REAL wild garlic..
..and immediately revisited Kellie’s blog for her wild garlic pesto recipe. So good!!! I just whizzed up the (carefully washed) wild garlic leaves with pine nuts, Parmesan, olive oil and lemon juice..
…so tasty!!!!! The wild garlic gave the pesto a slight sweetness that you don’t get from normal garlic. Overall the flavour is milder than standard garlic and supposedly does not taint your breath, but as my menfolk have become immune to my garlic breath now, I couldn’t tell you whether it did or not!
Such pretty flowers on it too, and they are also edible and very tasty..