A walk in Cranham woods turned into a happy stumble* across patches of wild garlic when we went to explore this strange looking tree.
What fun we had collecting sticks (no surprises there), nibbling on wild garlic leaves and eating our snacks to free up our Tupperware box for foraging.
Turns out a small snack box doesn’t hold much and it’s pretty slow going when you’re a forager clutching a stick collection!
To make our pesto style sauce I whizzed up our garlic leaves (17g), with 10g walnuts, 10g hard cheese, seasoning and 25ml rapeseed oil (different choice of ingredients but quantities based on those in Hedgerow (River Cottage Handbook, No.7)
It tastes so fresh and vibrant and it’s surprising how such a small amount goes a long way. The equivalent of 5 teaspoons of pesto has stretched to jazzing up pasta, potato salad and adding some zing to soup.
No prizes for guessing where we’ll be returning to soon!
2018 update – further adventures foraging in Cranham Woods with another small boy recreated here