I am fortunate to learn about wild garlic through my husband (you can see him making the pesto in the recipe video). One of the few interest we share is foraging. We recently got a book about foraging in Ireland and we are looking forward to use it now that spring is here. Thankfully we live near the seaside and the walk to the beach has plenty of wild berries for us.
I like anything wild, my husband often refers to me as Pocahontas because I come from a far off Island. He’s been there only once and my 3 youngest kids have never been at all. It’s a land where you grow your own, wild berries everywhere and you walk barefoot on grass, soil or sand. Walking barefoot is scientifically researched and proved to have remarkable health benefits. Walking barefoot also known as ”earthing” increases antioxidants, reduces inflammation and improves sleep. Note that depression is also caused when the brain is inflamed and with lack of sleep. This could be one reason why people living in tropical islands rarely suffer with depression. I like nature, plants, mountains, streams and the sea. If I had the opportunity to live in the woods with my family with one day a week in the spa I would take it. I get excited when I hear how God has created all things beautiful for us to thrive in and on. So many herbs that are beneficial to cure even cancer.
These herbs have been there forever although the conventional way to treat harmful diseases such as cancer is taking over. I have been watching The Truth about Cancer all week and it is an eye opener. If you haven’t seen it I suggest you do. There are some big truths revealed in this show, like how modern medical training doesn’t teach about nutrition. Doctors write prescriptions rather than educate people about nutrition. Chemotherapy is killing cancer patients. Watch the program to see many cancer conquerors, how they refused to go through chemotherapy and the conventional way but chose homeopathy and are cancer free today. A couple of years ago I lost my father to cancer and I can’t stop thinking that if only I had this information back then perhaps my father would still be here. All I want to emphasis here is that a healthy human body is self regulating and self protecting. How we make it healthy is now up to us. ”Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” says Hippocrates.
A fine example is this wild garlic and pine nuts pesto. Eat wisely, choose your ingredients wisely. Eat plenty of seasonal wild or organic food. Wild garlic is harvested in spring. Both the long spear-shaped leaves and the white star-shaped flowers (April-May) are edible. Wild garlic is one of the easiest to grow and to cook with. As the pungent smell suggests it can be used in stir-fries, Asian broths and the tender leaves can also be used in salads.
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I personally like the mild garlicky taste in the wild garlic taste. It really brings a simple plate of food to a different dimension. Like the picture above of a simple fried egg with this wild garlic pesto, it gives the plate colour, ‘aha’ flavours plus extra nutrients. Wild garlic is antibacterial and anti-fungal, it makes sense to pack as much into the diet as you can. It also provides extra fiber which is so important for a healthy gut. Wild garlic is also often known for its effectiveness in reducing blood pressure, heart disease and strokes.
Do keep an eye on your front garden, who knows you might be growing some wild garlic. If you are, do give this recipe a try.
- 100g wild garlic
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- 1/4 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
- Salt to taste
- Wash the wild garlic thoroughly.
- Put all the ingredients in a blender.
- Pulse till a smooth paste is formed.
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