In this video I will show how I make a really tasty pesto from Wild Garlic Mustard. Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is a common wild edible perennial found all over the world.
This is a delightful early Spring find. Garlic Mustard has a pungent garlicky flavor and taste. The young plants are good in salads, as a trail nibble, in pestos and sauces, and as a seasoning. This despised invasive plant is actually one of the best and most nutritious common wild foods. The pungent, mildly bitter, garlic-flavored basal leaves are good from late fall to early spring. Below is a basic pesto recipe that is surprisingly savory and that I make quite often.
#5 is especially important if you are new to wild foraging. Aside from the obvious dangers of thistles, poison ivy, poison oak, and deadly water hemlock...Many wild plants contain off the charts vitamins and minerals which might create a shock to your system...considering the nutrient count of your average domesticated vegetable foodstuffs.
Also an adendem to rule #1 is follow Green Deane's of EatTheWeeds I.T.E.M-ize Rules:
• (I)dentify the plant beyond doubt....be sure it is the right
• (T)ime of year. Check its
• (E)nvironment. This involves two things. One is making sure it is growing in the right place. The other is making sure the plant is getting clean water and is not in polluted soil. And then...
• (M)ethod of preparation.
"Look down, eat up....you are walking on your FOOD!" ~ Linda Runyon