WILD GARLIC PESTO #FORAGINGFAIL

Skipping through the verdant Surrey woodland recently, we gathered fresh wild garlic leaves. I picked happily, the husband, less so. He was: ‘very concerned about the possibility of dog wee’ and ‘suspicious’ that we were: ‘actually picking poisonous-and-very-similar-looking Lily of the Valley leaves.’ ¬†Anyway, risk assessment completed, we filled a massive basket and later that day I merrily made a vat of Wild Garlic pesto, using this excellent¬†River Cottage recipe.

wild garlic pesto river cottage recipeSadly, I forgot to blanch the leaves first and, as the plants had flowered, the resulting pesto is more than a just little bit bitter. It has been branded, since, by various pesto-pasta-eating experts as: ‘grassy’, ‘unpleasant’ and ‘inedible’. So I’m delighted I made four massive Kilner jars of the stuff. Still, it looks nice enough in a photo.

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One Response to WILD GARLIC PESTO #FORAGINGFAIL

  1. Dayo says:

    I live in verdant Sussex, and love the smell of wild garlic on our country walks. Your spouse’s suspicions of foraging very giggle-worthy. You have inspired me to forage more, … and to remember to blanch.

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