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All That You Need To Know About Wild Garlic

It’s delicious, it’s free and it’s good for you.

But it’s just available for a limited time, so hurry.

If you need inspiration you can find two lovely and easy wild garlic recipe below

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Wild garlic is one of the treasures of nature. I must write about it as it’s just amazing.

It’s in season around in April -May – but only for a couple of weeks available. Both the flowers and leaves (and bulbs) are edible, but usually, we use the leaves. It gives its best before blooming – as the essential oils in the leaves are more concentrated.

It’s not sold in the supermarket but as it’s abundant in woods and hedges it’s easy to pick some leaves and a whole new world of culinary adventures can begin. And the most amazing fact about wild garlic is for me: it is available when we the most need its benefits: in spring – after the indulgence of heavy meals in winter and when our body runs out of vitamins and minerals. And how does it help us? Wild garlic is the cleaner of the body, it can help to revitalise and clean the digestive system, cleanse the urinary system and boost the immune system. Just what we need this time of the year.

And it is so delicious. I warn you: once you tried it you will be hooked.

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Health Benefits of Wild Garlic

It is not just delicious but it comes with lots of health benefits, it’s fact that wild garlic is a medicinal herb. It’s antibacterial, antibiotic, contain vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, phosphorus and copper. Wild garlic used to treat diarrhoea, wind, colic, indigestion, loss of appetite and useful against threadworms. The juice of the leaves may aid weight loss.

  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces the risk of stroke
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease
  • Antibacterial
  • Antibiotic
  • The juice of its leaves is antiseptic

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Foraging Wild Garlic

It’s free and widely available. Its habitat is the dump, shady soils in woods.

Easy to find it and identify it: the leaves are long, wide and pointed very similar to the leaves of the lily the valley (which is poisonous), but it is easy it to distinguish the two as the wild garlic leaves have a pungent garlic smell. If you are not sure just rub the leaves a little bit and if you smell the scent of garlic you’ve found it.

Be careful not to pick too many leaves from one plant – this would obviously kill the plant or make for it too difficult to recover. Usually, there are huge fields of wild garlic so just go around and pick a few leaves from each plant.

The leaves are the best used freshly picked, but they freeze well too (obviously used in cooked meals after freezing). I put them into mason jars and filled them up with extra virgin olive oil (pictured below) – this way they keep in the fridge for a few weeks.

Foraging wild garlic can be a family adventure. As it is a great fun to take the kids to pick the leaves, even the smallest can identify, reach and pick the leaves with great enthusiasm.

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How To Eat Wild Garlic?

First, and it’s important: it should be washed well before eating or cooking.

The easiest way to incorporate it into your diet if you add chopped wild garlic leaves to sour cream to make an easy dip. It is amazing stirred into omelettes in the last minute of cooking.  It is also great added to a salad or wilted as a side instead of spinach. And it can be a great alternative for parsley, basil or spinach in recipes.

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I share here the easiest wild garlic soup recipe. Don’t be with prejudice – despite its simplicity you will be surprised how delicious it is.

Wild Garlic Soup – Recipe

Serves: 4

Total Time: 25 minutes

Calories: 272 cal per serving

Ingredients:

80g (about two bunch) fresh wild garlic leaves washed

1 medium onion

1 tbsp olive oil

2 floury potatoes peeled and cut into small cubes

1l chicken or vegetable stock (or water)

seasoning

100ml creme fraiche or light soft cheese

Step 1

Cut the wild garlic leaves into strips, peel and cut the potato into small cubes, peel and finely chop the onion.

Step 2

Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion and the wild garlic and cook on low for a few minutes before adding the potato cubes. Cook for a minute the add the stock and season it to taste. Cook for 20 minutes or until the potato is cooked.

Step 3

Puree the soup with a hand blender and stir in the creme fraiche or soft cheese and serve.

And a tasty and quick pasta recipe. Here the taste of the wild garlic and the spinach complete each other.

Wild Garlic Pasta – recipe

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Serves: 4

Total Time: 15 minutes

Calories: 420 cal per serving

Ingredients:

300g baby spinach leaves

80g wild garlic leaves

1 medium onion

2 gloves of garlic

1 tbsp olive oil

400g dried pasta (like Fusili or Farfalle or Gnocchi)

200g ricotta cheese

a few cherry tomatoes (optional)

salt & pepper

Step 1

Cook the pasta according to package instructions.

Step 2

Peel and chop the onion, the garlic and cut up the wild garlic leaves. Heat the oil in a pan and add the onions. Cook for a few minutes then add the garlic and the wild garlic. Fry them for a few minutes then add the spinach and cook until it’s wilted. Add the seasoning and puree the leaves with a hand blender and stir in the ricotta cheese.

Step 3

Stir in the cooked pasta adding a little bit of the cooking water to loosen up the sauce a little bit. Scatter with the tomatoes (optional) and serve it.

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