Wild Garlic and Nettle Pesto


Eating locally is very important, it’s a lot, lot, lot healthier.  When food travels for miles from different countries it has to be sprayed with preservatives, chemicals and all that kind of stuff.  It’s much better to eat food from your own country.  Do you know what’s even better than that?  Well, it’s to eat and use things that haven’t been farmed or cultivated. It’s called foraging.

These two amazing plants go together very well in a super, duper recipe.  The  recipe is pesto!  This pesto is nutritious because nettles and wild garlic are good for……..

Nettles: contain lots of iron and vitamin C.  Nettles are super foods, good for you in every way. Wild Garlic: helps lower blood pressure.


Me harvesting nettles

Harvesting the wild garlic

Harvesting the wild garlic

To find these two plants you must go to two different places.  Wild garlic likes to grow near water, in the shade of the woods.  Nettles; these grow in abundance in the hedgerows and around the edges of fields.  The ideal time to harvest these is in Spring. The wild garlic only appears in Spring and nettles are at their prime.  April is the BEST time, so the pesto is perfect to make over the Easter hols and over the rest of the month.

So which bit do you eat? With the nettles, you eat the first few leaves, the middle ones are okay too, but as you start to near the bottom of the stalk, stop picking. Here is where the leaves get too tough.  You can cut the sprigs with scissors or if you’re really brave, with your hands.  If you choose to be a hero, remember to pinch it really hard, so it doesn’t sting you!

Eat the leaves of the wild garlic.

Close up of wild garlic leaves

Close up of wild garlic leaves

Before I give you this yummy, scrummy pesto recipe, I must warn you of the foragers’ foe.  It’s poisonous. It grows in the same place as wild garlic and looks similar.  It’s called ‘lords and ladies’. So, how do you tell the difference between lovely snack and the deadly danger?  Well, wild garlic are slim and light green, their edges are straight. Lords and ladies are wider, darker green and sometimes speckled with purple.  They also have curled edges.  My top tip is not to eat anything you’re not sure about.

Lords & Ladies BEWARE

Lords & Ladies

Now finally, the recipe we’ve all been waiting for, ladies and gentlemen, the sensational Wild Garlic and Nettle Pesto!!!! Please try it and let me know what you thought!!!


Wild Garlic


Cashew Nuts

Olive or Rapeseed Oil

Salt and Pepper


1. Go and forage a bag of wild garlic and a colander of nettles.  You can’t be exact with the quantities, so just get roughly double the amount of garlic than of nettles.


Making pesto is fun "Give Us A Kiss"

Making pesto is fun
“Give Us A Kiss”

2. Take them home and wash them well.  Then take the nettle leaves off of the stalks and put in a blender. Blend until mashed. Scoop out and put in a large bowl. Then do the wild garlic to the same consistency.  This may take a couple of loads. Put it in the bowl with the nettles.


3. Whizz up a couple of handfuls of cashew nuts in the blender and add to the bowl.


4. Mix up. Then put a bit at a time back into the blender until it’s all in the blender. Add salt and pepper and a generous glug of oil.


5. Put in a bowl to eat straight away or store in a jar to keep for later. Top up the jar with olive oil.



Eat with delicious WOWO bread

Eat with delicious bread

Share with a friend

Share with a friend

Enjoy with your dinner

Enjoy with your dinner

Give it as a gift

Give it as a gift

Melissa’s Rainbow Of Nutrition

My auntie Melissa is a expert on nutrition and she’s written a guest blog about it, I find it very interesting and I hope you do too. Eating the right things with the right nutrients, vitamins and minerals is really important for a balanced diet. Enjoy…………


Rainbows of Nutrition

Rainbows are nature’s amazing and beautiful way of saying there is sunshine to come. They are bright, cheerful, make us feel good and can be found in lots of ways in nature. One of the best ways of seeing a Rainbow everyday and helping you maintain good health is to include a wide variety of vegetables and fruits in your diet every day.

Eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables helps us to feel good as they give us lots of essential nutrients in the form of vitamins, minerals, plant chemical (phytonutrients) and fibre that can assist our wellbeing and good health.

We need a wide range of nutrients to support our body to carry out our day to day activities, make all the repairs it needs and help promote good health. By eating plenty of vegetables and fruit we also provide food for the ‘friendly’ bacteria that live in our guts in the form of fibre. This helps to support a healthy immune system, protect us from harmful organisms and also make some other substances such as vitamin K, which are also essential for good health.

Here are some examples of different coloured fruits and the vitamins and minerals they contain and how they may help us maintain good health.

Rainbow of Nutrition

Rainbow of Nutrition


We shouldn’t forget herbs and spices as they also contain lots of vitamins, phytochemicals and minerals. As well as being really good for us, they add extra zing and colour to our food. Spices such as Turmeric and Chilli are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, mint and ginger are good digestion aids, Rosemary is also anti-inflammatory and can aid concentration, Parsley is a good source of Vitamin C and A.

We are encouraged to eat 5 a day, why not see if you can include 7 a day?

My favourite rainbow is Tomatoes & Raspberries, Squash & Peaches, Bananas, Watercress, Kale and Avocados, Prunes, Blackcurrants, Blackberries and any purple vegetable, Onions and Garlic. What’s yours?