Wild garlic butter
Super easy to make and a perfect partner with campfire bread.
What you'll need
- wild garlic leaves
- knife or scissors
- chopping board
This activity has been provided by
Useful items from our shop
- Stainless Steel Bowl
- Large Wooden Chopping Board
- Wooden Spoons - Set of 3
- Field Guide - Foraging: Top 25 Edible Plants
- The Edible City - John Rensten
- The Foragers Handbook - Miles Irving
- The Foragers' Cookbook - James Wood
Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:
- refer to our tips for foraging
Health & Safety Considerations
Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:
* we made ours with 50g of butter and 6 wild garlic leaves. This makes a pretty strongly flavoured butter; make your own batches depending on the quantity needed and how much flavour you want.
Wild garlic grows in woodlands and is often found in large patches. The leaves are large and flat and if you rub them between your thumb and forefinger you will get a hit of the pungent garlic smell. Wild garlic grows in woodlands and is often found in large patches. The leaves are large and flat and if you rub them between your thumb and forefinger you will get a hit of the pungent garlic smell.
NB: The smell is important – Lily of the Valley leaves look similar when not in flower, but are poisonous.
If the wild garlic isn’t yet in flower, if you peek amongst the leaves you should see the flower head (middle image).
The wild garlic flower is a small single white head on top of the stalk.
Enjoy a walk in the woods and collect some wild garlic leaves; a handful should be plenty (depending on how strong you like your garlic!)
Finely chop the leaves.
Warm some butter in a bowl (close to the fire if you are planning to have it with campfire food).
Add the chopped wild garlic leaves to the butter and mix.
Taste as you go (like the professionals) and get the flavour right for your taste buds. You may also want to add a pinch of salt.
Take it further:
- freeze it and enjoy later in the season.
Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.