Wild Garlic Pesto
If you go down to the woods today, be sure to open your eyes…
With a scent that’s strong, you really can’t go wrong,
Wild garlic, nature’s surprise.
Hello, Dave here.
From say, late March until the end of June wild garlic abounds in the woodlands around our home in East Sussex. These little beauties, also known as ‘ramsons’, generally are to be found in ancient (or at least old) woodlands.
So this week I decided to make some wild garlic pesto. It’s really simple, and more importantly (for me at least) it’s quick!
Firstly we need to forage for some fresh wild garlic.
Remember to harvest responsibly – The general consensus seems to be… Take one third and leave two thirds.
Pick the leaves fairly close to the ground, but don’t pull them. We want to leave the bulbs below intact for next year.
We are going to need about this much…
- 100g (a big handful) of garlic leaves, washed thoroughly.
- 50g Parmesan type cheese (freshly grated is best).
- 50g Pine nuts (toasted) Simply dry-fry them for a couple of minutes.
- 1-2 Tablespoons of good quality olive oil.
- Fresh lemon juice.
- Salt & pepper to taste.
Simply place all of the ingredients into a blender and whizz it up!
You can do this the old school method with a mortar and pestle, if you want a coarser or more rustic type of pesto.
Add a little more olive oil, if required.
Store it in a sealed jar in the fridge, and it will keep for a week or more.
Now for the best bit…
Cook your favourite pasta, ‘al dente’. It’s linguini for me!
Toss with a little butter and a big spoonful of your beautiful wild garlic pesto.
Try these versatile leaves to make a soup with vegetable stock and onions.
Or perhaps make some garlic butter. Serve with new potatoes…
I find that wild garlic has a slightly milder taste, so you can use the shredded leaves in an omelette or whatever you fancy.
It’s interesting that many of us have become more resourceful during this coronavirus lockdown. Some through need, but equally some through a desire to change things up a bit. Experiment. After all, there is only so much TV to be watched.
I have stopped watching and listening to the news for now. I only want the facts. Not interested in journalists spinning negativity and building their own profiles!
We will get through this, together… and nothing, but nothing, will ever be quite the same again. Change is a coming, so let’s make it positive.
As Jimi Hendrix said…
‘When the power of love overcomes the love of power,
the world will know peace’.