The Essential Wild Garlic Pesto Recipe for Superheroes

| 18 March 2014

Wild food is our connection to nature. We truly believe that if more people took time to connect more with the abundance of local, natural, nutrient-dense food that is freely available to everyone, people would re-connect with their intuition, with the ecosystem, with their health and wellbeing and with their innate knowledge of what’s good for their bodies. Pretty important stuff.

Wild food, eaten in tune with the seasons, connects us with the cycles of nature, awaken vitality, life-force, lightness, mental and emotional clarity. Small things can make a big difference. Local wild food is definitely one of those small, important things with a  big ‘butterfly effect’.

So where do we start?

We start with what’s the easiest and most accessible to us.

This weekend Joel went to the West country to pick wild garlic. And he did PICK. With the abundance of this flavorsome green beauty, he got back with a big bag of it. Wild Garlic pesto at Wild Food Cafe this week!

What do you do if you can’t make a trip to West country? Farmers’ markets traders and local health food shops regularly bring wild greens to sell!  Buy a bunch, pick a bunch, do whatever it takes. Now is the time. It is spring:)

Here’s how to turn your wild leaves into a delicious pesto that goes well with some cooked grain, with mashed avocado or in a fresh salad.

Wild Garlic Pesto

(serves two)

1 bunch of wild garlic

30g of pine nuts

20g extra virgin olive oil

1 TBLS of lemon juice

pinch of salt

20g of soft sun-dried tomatoes

10g of fresh basil (optional)

(extra garlic optional)

Call us crazy, but for this particular recipe, we choose not to use any metal utensils to preserve the delicate structure and vibration of wild garlic. It kind of makes the process of making this dish extra special and we enjoy the ritual. We use a ceramic knife, grind pine-nuts in a wooden mortar and pestle, and love mixing it all together with a wooden spoon. But it is totally up to you. It will taste as delicious if you use a conventional food processor: just add all ingredients, give it a quick whiz and it is all done!

With Celebration & Appreciation,

Aiste, Joel & the Wild Team xxx