Young & Wild Garlic Pesto (Death by Garlic)
You know it is spring in Austria when you walk around wet and shadowy places such as forests and small rivers beds and you have the scent of garlic in the air. Don’t worry, you haven’t eaten too much garlic the day before but it is time for fresh wild garlic also called “Baerlauch’.
You will see people crawling around forests hunting for this delicious fresh leaves to bring home and work it into so many different recipes. The earlier in the season you pick them the better they are.
Wild garlic can be easily mistaken by the poisonous Snowdrop Flower. Please check out out section below to avoid death by garlic (this doesn’t save you from other people who might not like your garlic odour after you enjoyed this delicious treat)
Unlike our popular Leftover Pesto we will use some specific ingredients today:
Thats what you need for a medium jar of Pesto
- 2 Handful of young Wild Garlic
- Generous Handful of Pinenuts
- Generous Handful of Almonds
- Good quality Parmesan Cheese – Large Chunk (approx. 150g)
- Zest of Lemon
- Salt and Pepper
- A lot of good quality Olive Oil
- Empty (Jam-) Jars – Wash them with really hot water before you fill them
- A food processor, blender, mixer.
Wash the garlic leaves and let them dry a little. Start roasting the pinenuts and almonds until golden. Start processing the leaves with some Olive Oil in a food blender. Try not to make it too creamy.
Add the nuts and the Parmesan to the mixture. Process shortly.
Add Olive Oil until the Pesto has a thick and creamy texture. It should not be too liquid and not super thick. I like the pesto best when you can still kind of see the ingredients.
Fill your Jar with the Pesto. To make it last longer, pour a layer of olive oil on top to prevent the Pesto from getting in contact with oxygen.
Here you go ! Serve the Pesto with a fresh batch of Pasta, put it in Risotto or simply use it as a delicious bread spread. (You can mix it with a little sour cream and yoghurt to make it taste light and fresh)
Please read if picking wild garlic by yourself:
The leaves look kind of similar. You can differentiate them by these facts:
- Snowdrop Flowers grow straight up into the sky while the young garlic leaves hang a little lose down
- Young wild garlic only grows ONE LEAVE
- The backside of the leave is matte! The snowdrop flower’s leave is shiny
- You can SMELL the difference
If you accidentally catch one the Snowdrop Flowers – go to the hospital immediately.