Latin name: Allium ursinum
I discovered carpets of wild garlic in a woodland on the edge of Bath .... I have not found any in the area where I am living in Normandy. So far we have made a fantastic pesto with the leaves and am planning to do a soup ....
|Wild garlic covers the woodland floor|
|I harvest the wild garlic leaves|
|Probably one of my favorite plants-|
with its architectural leaves and
|The woodland thick with wild garlic|
|Wild Garlic leaves and flower buds|
Some Wild Garlic Recipes
Wild Garlic Pesto 1 large bunch of wild garlic, washed
1 small bunch of curly parsley, washed
60gms pine nuts, toasted
60gms parmesan cheese
150mls olive oil (I mixed half extra virgin, half normal)
squeeze of lemon juice
salt and pepper
- 2 tbsp oil for frying
- 1 onion, chopped
- 600g potatoes, peeled & diced
- 1.2l veg stock
- 50g wild garlic leaves, shredded
- crème fraîche or double cream, to serve
- wild garlic flowers (optional)
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and fry on a low heat for 8 minutes, until softened without colouring.
- Add the potatoes and stock. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.
- Add the wild garlic leaves, reserving a few shreds for garnishing the soup.
- Blitz in a blender or food processor until smooth, with flecks of wild garlic leaves. Reheat in the pan, seasoning to taste.
- Serve with a swirl of crème fraîche or double cream, a few shreds of wild garlic and a few wild garlic flowers, if you have them.