One day a few weeks ago we walked one of our favourite loops near home and as we brushed past the fragrant wild garlic with its pretty little white flowers Tom decided there and then that his inner-hunter-gatherer would be unleashed to make something from these aromatic plants and wild garlic pesto was the chosen recipe. 

On a wild garlic mission, we donned a backpack with a lunch box for our next walk and filled it with plenty of young leaves, picking those set back a bit from the path. Once we were back home, we popped the box in the fridge until we were ready to get blending. 

Surprisingly easy to make, wild garlic pesto offers a rich, earthy flavour and a little goes a long way. A wonderfully versatile sauce it can be used to enhance a pasta dish, a salad or a sandwich or wrap. 

Top tip: A lovely alternative to basil, try mixing some washed wild garlic leaves into a salad for a beautiful herby flavour.

This is a super easy recipe; you really only need a few basic ingredients and you can get as creative as you like with additional ingredients. Add chopped chilli, your favourite herbs and alternative nuts and make the recipe your own. This recipe uses hazelnuts, but you can use any nut you have in the cupboard; go classic with pine nuts or mix it up with some cashews. 

Next time we are going to experiment by mixing the wild garlic pesto through some homemade houmous for an extra garlicky kick. 

How to make Wild Garlic Pesto 

Ingredients:

Method 

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, add together all the ingredients.
  2. Blend it all with a hand mixer (or use a food processor if you have one.)
  3. Add it to your dish of choice for a wonderfully garlicky boost. 

Try it dolloped on a Jacket potato with grated cheddar cheese, mixed with olive oil and vinegar for a salad dressing, spread inside a lunchtime wrap or stirred through a summery potato salad or pasta. The world is your oyster, go on let the hunter-gatherer inside you loose and give Wild Garlic Pesto a chance.

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FAQs

How long does it take to make wild garlic pesto?

It can take as little as 5 minutes.

How many leaves do I need for wild garlic pesto?

We recommend 100 grams. That’s the equivalent to about 50 leaves.

How do I find wild garlic?

It grows naturally in shaded woodland areas.

What time of year can I find wild garlic?

Wild garlic grows naturally in spring and can often be found between March and May.

Is wild garlic safe to eat

Yes, you can eat any part of the plant leaves, flowers, or bulb, however, we strongly recommend you give it a good wash before eating it.