Vegetarian

Wild garlic pesto

1 large jar

With spring comes an abundance of wild garlic, a flavourful plant boasting a whole host of nutritional benefits. It tastes delicious in this wild garlic pesto recipe.

Perfect for the entry-level forager, the long, tapered leaves of garlic are easily identifiable, although you’ll undoubtedly smell the herb before you see it. The fragranced fronds create a heavenly-scented carpet across Britain’s woodlands from early March onwards. The edible leaves are very versatile in the kitchen and pack a real punch (similar to that of conventional garlic) in seasonal recipes like this delicious wild garlic pesto.

Garlic has seen a renewed interest in its wellbeing properties lately, and for good reason. It’s widely known for its antibacterial properties and there is a line of thought that it may be antiviral too. Along with this, garlic also contains many important minerals including iron, phosporous and copper. It also contains vitamins A and C, which both help to support the functioning of the immune system.

If you can’t get out to forage, bring the foraging to you! Liz loves this wild-harvested, hand-dried wild garlic. You can use this in the recipe here – just use 10-15g depending on how strongly flavoured you like your pesto. You can add this version to dips, soups and sauces too.

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Wellbeing Wisdom

  • Garlic is good for us, namely due to its cleansing and detoxifying properties
  • Wild garlic is packed with vision-boosting vitamin A , cell-protecting vitamin C, blood- building iron, energy-releasing phosphorous, and copper, which helps protect the immune system
  • It also boasts antibacterial and potentially antiviral properties as well as being a natural antibiotic

Ingredients

  • 250g wild garlic
  • 100g Parmesan, grated (or vegetarian hard cheese)
  • 100g almonds, toasted
  • 1⁄2 lemon, juiced
  • 60ml olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Method

Blitz all the ingredients together in a food processor, slowly pouring in the olive oil as you go until the mixture reaches an even consistency. It will keep for 5-7 days in the fridge and 3-4 months in the freezer.
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