Wild garlic love..

 
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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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! 

 And absolutely gorgeous atop a roasted sweet potato yesterday… 

 I’m so glad I finally got to try it, I’ll definitely be on the look out for more, but only from knowledgeable foragers! 

Such pretty flowers on it too, and they are also edible and very tasty..  

     I hope you’ve had or are having a great Monday, I’ll be back on Wednesday with a stunning ‘What would you feed me?’ guest post xx

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36 thoughts on “Wild garlic love..

  1. Selma's Table

    I had some in my veg box last week and used them to stuff ravioli with spinach and ricotta. Lovely! I found the flowers and stems quite pungent – could taste it the next day. The leaves are quite subtle though. Your photos are gorgeous and the pesto looks really tasty!

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    1. Elaine @ foodbod Post author

      Thank you lovely ๐Ÿ™‚
      I agree, the little flowers definitely have a stronger flavour than the leaves, I think they could be nice sprinkled into a dish? I bet your ravioli was lovely?! X

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      1. Selma's Table

        The ravioli turned out absolutely delicious – Jake didn’t once mention the lack of meat! We had it with a sage and butter sauce – had something similar at the Supper Club I went to which is what triggered me off to get the pasta roller out!

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  2. kellie anderson

    Hey! You got wild garlic – REAL wild garlic – at last! I’m so glad you managed to get a legitimate source. And I’m REALLY glad you didn’t eat the other stuff. I can’t believe anyone would sell anything without being absolutely certain beyond doubt about a wild food. Anyway, your pesto looks fab and its use on sweet potato sounds scrummy. Our flowers haven’t bloomed as yet but you are right, they are more pungent. Thanks for the kind mention, too. I make it with walnut and sunflower seeds as well (cheaper) xx

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  3. trucvert

    Your pesto looks fabulous. We love making our own pesto too – so good fresh and delicious. Very interesting about the wild garlic – you really have to know what you’re doing when foraging.

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  4. Ginger

    Wonderful stuff – it’s incredibly popular in Germany, where I knew where to find it. Here, in the absence of forests, I’m a bit lost. Where did you buy yours?!

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  6. FrugalHausfrau

    It looks lovely and grows in my hosta beds! It’s considered a noxious week here because it takes over in so many wild areas and it is impossible to get rid of! I don’t use chemicals if at all possible so I try to pry it out to keep it under control – guess I’ll eat it now!

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  7. Karinna

    Lovely recipe! As long as you’ve got a good sense of smell, it’s easy enough to discern which is which. Just trust your nose! I particularly love the flowers. So pretty and tasty. You’ve got me craving some, think I might end up missing it this season though ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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