Nettles and Wild Garlic
Leek or Garlic?
How to use nettles and wild garlic
Wild garlic and wild leek can be eaten raw in salads or cooked, simply add to soups or other savoury dishes. In the picture opposite I used wild garlic in bruschetta and served it with salad. The exciting possibilities are limitless. Here are some more suggestions below that may inspire you... have fun!
Pesto with nettle and wild garlic
- 100gms of seeds (sunflower or pumpkin or a mixture of both)
- Juice of a lemon
- Colander of nettles
- Around 8 wild garlic leaves
- Salt or tamari to taste
- Small carrot grated
- A dash of extra virgin organic olive oil
Soak about 100gms of seeds overnight, can be sunflower or pumpkin or a mixture. Drain the seeds and blend all the ingredients together - it's that simple!
Wild garlic and nettle soup
Quarter a block of creamed coconut
tsp of vegetable stock
Salt and pepper to taste
Bag of nettles and some wild garlic
Any other green veg you might have such as chard, courgette or broccoli
Cook the potatoes for 10 or so minutes, add courgette, broccoli (or whatever greens you might be using), creamed coconut and stock. When the potatoes are beginning to soften add the nettles and wild garlic, you only want to briefly cook them to preserve their nutrients.
Stirfry with nettle and wild garlic
I hope to meet some of you in the glen with your foraging kit and would love to hear how you get on or let me know if you have any questions...
Happy Summer, Fiona