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Wild garlic pesto

A recipe for a wild garlic pesto, super easy to make and super strong tasting!

Food Outdoors


Another tasty wild garlic recipe, the wild garlic butter is good but this pesto recipe has some kick to it!

What you'll need

  • food processor or pestle & mortar
  • wild garlic leaves - approx. 100g
  • nuts - approx. 50g (traditional pesto uses pine nuts, try it yourself with a variety of nuts and see what you prefer)
  • parmesan cheese - 50g approx.
  • olive oil/lemon juice/ salt & pepper

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Health & Safety Considerations

Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:

  • foraging tips - identifying wild garlic (determine by smell that it isn’t Lily of the valley, which is poisonous – the leaves are similar when not in flower)
  • hand washing


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. 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.

wild garlic plant
close up wild garlic flower (not open)
close up wild garlic flower head


wild garlic pesto on toast

Blitz it all the ingredients up in a food processor (or similar) and season – done!

Delicious on a slice of toast, campfire bread or a cracker, add to pasta or pizza, flavour some soup – if you like it you’ll find a way of using it!

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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.

Key Features

  • Age Range All Ages
  • Duration Less than an hour
  • Location Anywhere
  • Season Spring
  • Time of Day Anytime
  • Categories: Food Outdoors


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