If you go down to the woods today….Foraging for wild garlic

My friend just made me the most amazing wild garlic soup for lunch, with garlic leaves she had foraged up the road from us! I was quite beside myself when she told me they can be found in Hawarden Woods, and in most woodland. It is, by all accounts,  illegal to pick the bulbs, but the leaves are delicious- sweet with a mild garlicky taste, and perfect for salads or soups.

Foraging for wild garlic, is quite straight-forward, so I am told. It grows in semi-shaded, moist conditions, often among or near bluebells.It has beautiful white flowers as shown in the photo, which are also (apparently) edible. If in doubt, rub the leaves, the smell is very distinctive, as to be expected. 🙂    Good luck, foragers!

UPDATE
The recipe my friend used was similar to the one I am linking to right here. If you wished to make your soup 100% plant based you could sub the sour cream for cashew cream. There are plenty of recipes out there but this seems to be one of the simpler ones. It was so delicious.
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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Rebeca Misiego on May 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Beth, yo tengo esta planta en mi propio jardín creciendo salvaje y yo no tenía ni idea hasta que me lo dijo un amigo nuestro. En Alemania se llama “Bärlauch” y efectivamente tiene un sabor parecido al ajo y ella no sólo se utiliza en ensalada y sopas, mantequilla con hierbas, sino que también se hace como una salsa de pesto para la pasta integral. Está delicioso. Además yo desayuno casi todos los días el Muesli típico alemán, con los cereales integrales (es el grano que yo mismo muelo en un molino) con lo cual tienen todas las vitaminas y los minerales y mezclado con trozos de frutas y dátiles. Está muy rico. Un abrazo.

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    • No me digas !! Que envidia! 🙂 en tu jardin! Y claro-un “pesto” tiene q estar increible,madre mia se me hace la boca agua….Un beso fuerte amiga mia!

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