Spring is here, the birds are starting to sing and the woods of Devon are beginning to smell delightfully of garlic.
Wild garlic is easy to identify, super healthy and grows in abundance. As with any wild food, do your research and take extra care to make sure you know what you're picking. Be especially careful to avoid picking the leaves of lords-and-ladies, which often grows together with wild garlic but can be dangerous if consumed.
This video is a useful guide, and remember: if in doubt, don't pick it!
Several handfuls of wild garlic leaves
A bunch of raw kale
A little olive oil
A handful of toasted nuts (almonds or walnuts work best)
1. Wash the wild garlic leaves. If they are very young, steep them in boiling water for 1 minute to mellow out the flavour.
2. Add all the ingredients to a blender.
3. Whizz it up!
4. Hey presto, you've just made pesto.
This pesto is really versatile and stores well in jars. Add it to pasta, spread it on toast, dollop it on quiche or pizza. The possibilities are endless!