For years I've been looking enviously at other people's recipes for wild garlic, but I've never found any. I wasn't sure if I was unlucky or just useless at identifying it.
I have a dog!
We were walking through the woods at the edge of our local country park when our mad dog bounded out of the burn and sat down right beside it. A whole field of the stuff. I had no idea!
When I got home, I gave it a good wash and blended it into the most delicious green pesto we enjoyed mixed through spaghetti. Simple but delicious.
So next time you're walking in woods, have a look beside burns (streams) for some wild garlic. When you smell it you'll know exactly what it is. Maybe you already know just where to find some.
In this recipe I used the wild garlic in place of garlic. I added olive oil, basil, salted cashew nuts, black pepper and baobab powder. You'll have noticed I add baobab to smoothies, but I also add baobab to pesto, hummus and pizza sauce. I like to add extra nutrients where I can.
I also added veggie parmesan. I usually make my pesto dairy-free, but Graham was away, so I thought I'd make it a more traditional pesto, although to be honest, it's just as good without it.
Wild Garlic & Basil Pesto with Baobab
A rich green pesto made with wild garlic. Quickly whizzed up in a blender and great served on pasta, in wraps or on bruschetta.
- 30g wild garlic
- 20g fresh basil
- 25g veggie parmesan
- 100g salted cashews
- 1 tsp baobab powder
- a good grinding of black pepper
- 100ml olive oil
1. Wash and pat dry the wild garlic and basil.2. Add all the ingredients to a blender and whizz. I used my Optimum 9200 Next Generation power blender, but you can use any blender or even a pestle and mortar.3. Whizz until it still has a bit of texture.4. Keep in a sealed jar or tub in the fridge topped up with olive oil until you need it. It will keep happily in the fridge for a few days.5. Enjoy!
Yield: 1 jar of pesto
Disclosure: I was sent some Baobab Powder a while back by Aduna who work with local communtiies in Africa and as you know I work with Froothie who distributes Optimum blenders. I was not asked expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.