Caber and I have had some lovely woodland walks recently, everywhere we looked, wild garlic was growing in abundance. This tenacious little beggar has taken over my local woods and is spreading a creeping blanket of green lusciousness! I’m not complaining though, no siree, not me. I’m taking advantage of the generosity of said plant and picking what I need so I can share some delicious wild garlic recipes with you. Another plant that’s growing in abundance at the moment is Sweet Cicely, And, if you’d like to become acquainted with it, why don’t you pop over to my post, ‘Sweet Cicely – Identification & Uses’.
But before I do that, let me tell you 12 fab little facts about this wonderful plant.
Wild Garlic – 12 Fab Facts
- Wild Garlic (Allium ursinum) is a wild relative of the onion (allium) and a perennial, flowering plant of the lily family.
- As is the case with many wild plants, it has multiple personalities! Therefore, you can also call it, buckrams, ramsons, bear’s garlic, bear leek, wood garlic and broad leave garlic. Believe me, it’ll answer to any of them.
- However, no matter what name it goes by, the leaves of this succulent plant are a very popular substitute for garlic.
- But I’ll bet you didn’t know that there are 920 species of the Allium genus!
- And it goes without saying really that this plant has been used for a multitude of medicinal purposes for more than 3000 years! If you look into it historically, there would appear to be no illness that it hasn’t cured throughout history!!
- Moving on, its associated sulphur components are reported to suppress tumour incidence in breast, colon, skin, uterine, oesophagus and lung cancers. Pretty powerful stuff eh! (study found at Science Direct)
- In a clinical study with cultivated garlic, it concluded that wild garlic produced the best results, out of the two, for the lowering of blood pressure. (Science Direct)
- Also, as is the case with many of the allium family, wild garlic is great for respiratory problems and is used in herbal medicine for this purpose.
- It contains vitamins A (great for the skin!) & C, calcium, iron, phosphorous, sodium and copper.
- Not only does it improve heart health…
- But it can also help rebalance the bacterial flora in your gut.
- And last, but not least, wild garlic repels cats. If you find them bothersome, plant this in your garden and the potent garlic smell will keep them away. However, it may keep your neighbours away too!
“Most dear actors, eat no onions nor garlic, for we are to utter sweet breath.”
Readers Take Note!
Now, before you go running off to start self-medicating with this bountiful baby, make sure you speak to your doctor first! The problem with self-medicating, and unfortunately, it’s a common problem, is that there’s a tendency towards overuse. And be warned, this can lead to liver damage, not to mention that self-medicating may interfere with your current medication.
Now that my lecture is over with, I’ll proceed with the recipes I’ve prepared this week. I’ve only gone and spoilt you rotten haven’t I! I’ve prepared 5, YES, 5 for you. Moreover, they’re really, and I mean REALLY easy and each one will only take you somewhere between 5 – 10 minutes to make. So, without further ado here they are. Just click on the title for the recipe:
5 Simple Recipes
- Wild Garlic Pesto
- Wild Garlic Oil
- Sweet Pickled Wild Garlic Buds
- Wild Garlic Parmesan Wafers
- Wild Garlic Butter
Ok, I’m feeling pretty generous, so here’s one more for your cook book:
Wild Garlic Bread Dip
This recipe is so easy it’s laughable! Here you go….find yourself an old bottle or jar. Pour in some rather tasty balsamic vinegar, top up with rapeseed oil and plonk in a garlic leaf or 2. And hey presto, as if by magic, behold – a cheeky wee rustic bread dip! Enjoy with a refreshing glass of Sauvignon. If you’d like me to send you a recipe for wild garlic rustic bread or oatcakes, let me know in the comments section below.
And finally, all that remains to be said is… happy foraging, take care, and don’t forget to subscribe!