Sweet Pickled Wild Garlic Buds

Makes one jar. Serve your pickled buds with a choice of cheese and biscuits, in a salad or as a tasty garnish with a garlic punch! The uses for these rather delicious pickles are only as limited as your imagination…so let if fly!
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Course: condiment, Snack
Keyword: forage, foraging recipes, wild food recipe, wild garlic, wild garlic bud recipe, wild garlic buds, wild garlic recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 Jar
Author: Foragers Folly


  • A large handful of fresh wild garlic flower buds carefully washed
  • 200 ml approx. white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tsp allspice or pine or spruce tips
  • 2 dried bay leaves


  • Sterilise a jar and a vinegar-proof lid to fit your wild garlic buds. (an old jam jar will do)
  • Pack the buds tightly into your jar. They’ll shrink when the hot water is added, so make sure you pack them in tight.
  • Heat the vinegar, sugar, salt, all spice and bay leaves gently in a pan until the sugar dissolves. DON’T use an aluminium pan.
  • Bring to a gentle simmer for a couple of minutes and then remove from the heat.
  • Pour the hot, spiced pickling vinegar over the buds to cover them, leaving about a cm space from the top of the jar.
  • Leave for 5 mins to allow the vinegar to start to penetrate the buds and for the liquid level to settle.
  • Using the handle of a wooden spoon, slowly move it around the inside of the jar to remove any air bubbles.
  • If necessary, top up with more vinegar until it reaches approx 1 cm from the top of the jar and then seal the jar with the lid.
  • Leave to mature in a cool, dry place for 2 weeks to a month.
  • Then open….and enjoy!
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