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Wild Garlic Pesto

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Wild Garlic Pesto is a delightful blend of creamy richness and vibrant flavors, showcasing the beloved spring herb, wild garlic.

Front and close up view of Wild Garlic Pesto in a jar, with some cheese, lemon, wild garlic and a slice of bread with pesto spread on it.
Wild Garlic Pesto

What is wild garlic?

Wild garlic also known as ramsons or cow’s leek etc. is a nutritious plant that can provide various health benefits. Wild garlic has long green leaves, flowers, and a bulb. All parts of the plant are edible and have culinary use. 

Fresh Wild Garlic Leaves seen on a grey table
Fresh Wild Garlic Leaves

It has a delicious, pungent flavor and can be used in a variety of dishes like soups, stews, salads, pesto, and scones. Many preserve this wild garlic by making garlic butter. 

In Ireland and the UK wild garlic comes in for a few weeks before the summer and I always miss buying it. This time, the moment I saw this in my local farmer’s market, I bought it. And yes I was sure what I was making.

So here I am with a quick easy and no-cook recipe with Wild Garlic. This wild garlic pesto can be enjoyed as a spread on bread or a cracker. Add it to your pasta or salads. And if you want to try a pizza without tomato sauce as the base, spread this pesto and let me know how it turned out. I recently used the spread on my millet pizza and it was delicious.

Front view of Wild Garlic Pesto in a jar, with some cheese, lemon, wild garlic and a slice of bread with pesto spread on it.
Wild Garlic Pesto

Traditionally this is done using a mortar and a pestle. I am using a food processor here. You can use a mortar and a pestle or a food processor.

Shelf life of Wild Garlic Pesto

This will stay good in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. If you want to keep it longer, freeze it, but be sure to check the expiry of your cheese. 

Top view of Wild Garlic Pesto in a jar, with some cheese, lemon, wild garlic and a slice of bread with pesto spread on it.
Wild Garlic Pesto
Front view of Wild Garlic Pesto in a jar, with some cheese, lemon, wild garlic and a slice of bread with pesto spread on it.
Wild Garlic Pesto
Front view of Wild Garlic Pesto in a jar, with some cheese, lemon, wild garlic and a slice of bread with pesto spread on it.

Wild Garlic Pesto

Wild Garlic Pesto is a delightful blend of creamy richness and vibrant flavors, showcasing the beloved spring herb, wild garlic.
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Garlic, Herbs, No Cook Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 88kcal
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre

Ingredients

  • 200 grams Wild garlic Fresh Leaves
  • 50 grams Pine nuts
  • 50 grams Parmesan cheese
  • Salt as required
  • 3 tablespoon Olive oil More or less oil might be required depending on the consistency desired
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon/Lime Juice adjust as per taste

Instructions

  • Rinse the wild garlic leaves well to get rid of all the impurities.
    200 grams Wild garlic
  • Pat it dry so that all the excess moisture is removed.
  • In a food processor add all the ingredients and process to the consistency desired.
    200 grams Wild garlic, 50 grams Pine nuts, 50 grams Parmesan cheese, Salt, 3 tablespoon Olive oil, 1 tablespoon Lemon/Lime Juice
  • More oil might be required if you need a very smooth consistency of pesto.
  • Taste it and add more salt or lemon juice if required.
  • Store it in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.

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Notes

  • Standard US-Size cups and spoons used. 1 cup =235 ml, 1 teaspoon=5ml, 1 tablespoon =15 ml
  • Pine nuts can be replaced with walnuts or hazelnuts.
  • Makes around 250 grams, I have roughly estimated it to be 15 servings  (1 tablespoon), it might be more or less as per your serving size
 
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Nutrition Facts
Wild Garlic Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 88 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 57mg2%
Potassium 24mg1%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 0.3g0%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 27IU1%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 73mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* I am not a nutritionist. The nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It varies depending upon the product types or brands.
Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist. The nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It varies depending upon the product types or brands.

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