Wild garlic leaves

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Amanda

Wild garlic leaves

Can someone please advise as to where I can buy wild garlic leaves.

Thank you.

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olives

wild garlic leaves

Wild garlic grows in woodland areas - it is in season now - I collect it near my home and make copious amounts of wild garlic pesto. To my knowledge it is not produced commercially and I would doubt if you could actually buy it in a shop - it would almost inevitably be too old and not fit for use by the time you would be buying it. Have a look in any park/wooded area near you - you will probably smell it before you see it - pick it fresh and use it as soon as you get home.

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sam from worthing

wild garlic leaves


I hoovered a load up in my lawn mower this week!!!!

got it growing all over...when i cut the grass everyone around here knows it was me that cut the grass.

And i do not live rural by any stretch if the imagination.

but, my greengrocer sells it.

the wild garlic cloves are second to none, if you like garlic that is!

I have heard, that there is a particular breed of cattle that are fed on a wild garlic pasture (think its from scotland) and the wild garlic helps tenderise the beef something to sublime propotions and at a sublime price too.

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sam from worthing

wild garlic leaves


meant to add before i clicked submit.

check out your local greengrocers. and if you have a farmers market anywhere near you.

and don't be tempted to buy a load for freezing - as that does not work at all!

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Amanda

Wild garlic leaves

Thank you. Husband went off for a walk through the woods looking for garlic leaves 3 hours ago!

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Tompeters

Wild garlic leaves


"Thank you. Husband went off for a walk through the woods looking for garlic leaves 3 hours ago!"

You'll smell it if he was successful :))

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Amanda

Wild garlic leaves

Unfortunately not! We are going out searching next weekend. Hopefully we will be more successful.

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Queen of Puds

wild garlic

OH tells me that the river bank where he goes canoeing has acres of the stuff. He has offfered to a) pick me some & b) dig me up a clump. Has anyone tried transplanting it at home into a shady spot? Will it grow or is he wasting his time?

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Amanda

Still can't find any

Queen of Puds/Sam - where in the country are you? I am in Buckinghamshire but we are still unable to find any.

I need the leaves for a dinner party next week but think I may have to revise my menu.

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Queen of Puds

wild garlic

Sorry Amanda - I'm in South Yorkshire - so its a bit far to drive to PYO!! Also surprised cos the plants here are usually a couple of weeks behind those in the South.

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olives

Wild garlic leaves

Yes - i have transplanted a few bulbs under a hawthorn tree at the bottom of my garden and they grow back each year - I think they are easy to transplant and regrow - although I still go back to my original source to get enough quantities to make the pesto I referred to earlier - will probably make my first batch this weekend and really looking forward to it.

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Queen of Puds

wild garlic

Love the sound of the pesto - can you share your recipe? I'd like to try that. How long does it keep for?

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olives

wild garlic leaves

Hello - apologies for not responding sooner - I made my first batch of wild garlic pesto last weekend and it tastes great this year - the one thing I have no control over is the taste of the wild garlic - I assume this is down to weather conditions - but it is good this year - I have never actually written down quantities etc - I judge as a I go along, but I will do so as I make my second batch (most likely this weekend) and I will share it with you.

By way of preparation - the basic ingredients I use are the wild garlic leaves, pine nuts, parmezan cheese and olive oil, if you want to have these available, once you gather your leaves.

Good luck and I will communicate again soon,

Olives

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Francisca

Wild Garlic

When I was in Cardiff around Easter I walked through a beautiful parc carpeted with wild garlic. My husband and his sister had no idea one could eat those garlic smelling plants so they were very surprised to see me chewing on one. My sister-in-law loved the taste so I am sure she will be picking some once in a while. I had never seen it in the while but I used to buy a wild garlic bread mix when I lived in Alsace. I would like to buy seeds to plant here in France but I haven't found them yet, only garlic chives which won't be the same thing. I can buy plants on the Internet but funny enough they are quite expensive. Maybe you can buy plants as well or even seeds? You will only need a few plants as they spread very easily!

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olives

wild garlic leaves

Hello again - apologies for not getting back sooner - just made my second batch of wild garlic pesto this afternoon, and, as promised, I tried to measure the ingredients - so here goes:

this is the amount that filled one jug full in my very old, basic Kenwood food processor (no criticism, it has stood me in good stead, but I don't know how it would compare with much more modern appliances):

150 g wild garlic leaves;
60 g pine nuts;
50 g parmezan cheese and
250 ml olive oil

I whiz all the dry ingredients first - I would put some of the nuts and cheese in with the leaves as it is about half full and the rest at the end, as the jug is full

Then, add olive oil in batches to see how much you need.

From this amount, I filled two jars this afternoon - sorry, they were different sizes - looking at others in the larder, I would say one was 180 g and one was 340 g - I don't fill right up to the top - I leave space to put a small layer of extra virgin olive oil on the top.

Once opened, this will keep like any other pesto in the fridge for anything up to 3-4 weeks, although it never lasts that long in my house!

I hope this will be of assistance to you - I hope you will try it and I would love to hear of your results.

Good luck!

 
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