Wild Garlic: Herb and Medical Plant

When my grandma showed me the wild garlic growing in her garden the other day I noticed that I have exactly such a plant in my own one! So I quickly started looking for ideas to use it – and there are a lot! In today’s blogpost I am going to share my experiences and a recipe for a wild garlic pesto with you.

What is wild garlic?

Wild garlic is a wild herb that can be found in the forest but also in your garden at home. It can be used for cooking, for example as ingredient for pesto or soup and at the same time is said to be beneficial for digestion. Wild garlic should be consumed as fresh as possible, as the aroma decreases with the duration of storage. Fresh wild garlic leaves are rich green and relatively stable, while limp leaves have been stored for some time. *

Caution: Danger of confusion!

If the wild garlic is collected in the forest or a new plant appears in your garden, check first whether it is really wild garlic. Because wild garlic is often confused with the lily of the valley, which is poisonous and should not be consumed under any circumstances! In order to exclude confusion, a fine garlic smell can be perceived by lightly rubbing the leaf. Then it is a wild garlic and you are safe using it.

Recipe Idea: Wild Garlic Pesto

Wild Garlic Pesto

Category Dips & Sauces

You need

  • 55 g Fresh Wild Garlic
  • 42 g Sunflower Seeds
  • 18 g Parmesan
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Here’s how to do it

  • Dab wild garlic clean and pound finely with a mortar. Add the sunflower seeds and also crush finely. Cut the parmesan into small pieces beforehand and add to the wild garlic mixture. When everything has formed an even mass, the pesto just needs to be seasoned with salt and pepper. Enjoy your meal!

* https://www.kraeuter-buch.de/kraeuter/Baerlauch.html/

** https://www.kostbarenatur.net/verwechslung-baerlauch-maigloeckchen-herbstzeitlose/

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