Find Your Essential Nature Journal

Wild Garlic Pesto


Siobhán Sloane, Find Your Essential Nature, Ireland

3 April 2020

Wild Garlic is an edible spring flowering plant that grows in woodlands and hedgerows of Ireland in March and April. I first came across this remarkable plant on a guided herb walk with Oonagh O’Dwyer of Wild Kitchen during the Burren Food Fayre a couple of years ago. I was amazed to see this bright green plant foraged from a hedgerow and blended with nuts and oil to create a tasty pesto.
This is my take on wild garlic pesto with a little help from a lovely book The Hedgerow Handbook by Adele Nozedar. There’s also a good recipe in Darina Allens’ Forgotten Skills of Cooking.
I gathered the wild garlic from a woodland near where I live and picked the dandelion leaves, mint and nettles from the back garden. The hazelnuts, oil and cheese are shop bought; the cheese is a mature white cheddar style. Measurements are by instinct. 


  • Hazelnuts – crushed
  • Olive Oil
  • Hard Cheese – grated
  • Wild Garlic Leaves
  • Any other green herbs you have handy.


Blend the nuts, leaves and herbs, mix in the grated cheese and add the oil. Put the pesto into a glass jar. The wild garlic pesto would probably keep in the fridge for a week or so, but I’ve never had the chance to find out.

The pesto can be eaten on bread or crackers or added to soups or stews. I have tried it on homemade sourdough bread, as a pizza topping and swirled into celeriac soup.

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