It’s like Marmite – you either love it or loathe it. Me & Mr.B? We love it. It starts with the that singular smell, wafted around the countryside on the cool breezes of spring. Our taste buds take the cue – we just can’t get enough of that wild garlic.
Not only does it keep the local vampires away, it tastes fabulous and is sooo good for you! To top it all – it grows wild in our back garden but you can find it in most woodlands across the Island. One of my favourite walks at this time of year is through the carpets of wild garlic flowers in Shorwell Shute.
There are just so many uses for wild garlic – in salad dressings, on new potatoes and my favourite – wild garlic pesto. I’ve been working on the recipe for years and finally feel it’s ready to share with you, dear readers.
To make Garlic Pesto
1/ Remember to pick your wild garlic away from the main path where little doggies have not been a watering the flowers…….
2/ Put on your best vintage apron & get out your granny’s kitchen bowls – both items clinically proven to heighten the flavour of whatever you’re making.
1 small clove of regular garlic – chopped
Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
3 good handfuls of fresh wild garlic leaves
A handful of pine nuts
The same amount of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
A dash of extra virgin olive oil
A squeeze of lemon juice to taste
Pop the garlic into the pestle and mortar with the pine nuts. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and give it a damn a good pounding!
Finely chop the wild garlic leaves and grate the Parmesan cheese.
Add all the ingredients in your favorite bowl and mix well, finally adding lemon juice to taste.
Recycle a lovely old glass jar, fill with yummy pesto, label and add a ribbon.
Give it to the next lovely friend who sticks their head around the kitchen door and says, ‘What’s that amazing smell?’