Spring is in the air, and while out walking today I came across great swathes of wild garlic growing in abundance by the stream. I picked a bag full and today am setting about making a wild garlic soup with pesto. Its has a gentler flavour than conventional garlic, and somehow feels easier to digest. The closed flowers in later spring are a delicious addition to a salad or as a simple pretty edible garnish. The health benefits are numerous, picked fresh today its guaranteed organic, anti viral, antibacterial and said to reduce blood pressure. Its culinary uses are many. I have wilted it and served it under a rack of lamb, or added it to mashed potatoes, made soups, sauces, dips, pesto, ravioli, or simply added the leaves and flowers to a salad. A beautiful spring time gift!

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