Wild garlic pesto

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Wild garlic pesto

This dairy free, gorgeous garlicky pesto is bursting with seasonal spring energy! Delicious stirred through gluten free pasta, in stir-fries and salad dressings. Plus it has many surprising health benefits.

Wild garlic pesto

This wild garlic pesto recipe is more than a treat for your taste buds.  It delivers a whole heap of health benefits too.

What is wild garlic?

Wild Garlic (Allium Ursinum) is also known as Ramsons, Wood Garlic, Devil’s Posy, Onion Flower, Stinkplant and Bear’s Garlic. It grows wild throughout the UK, flowering between April and June.  Foraging for wild garlic can make a walk even more fun and the plant can easily be identified by its wonderful garlicky smell!

It contains good amounts of vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and copper and is known to help with reducing high blood pressure.
The antibacterial and anti-fungal compounds in wild garlic can also help to beneficially re-balance gut flora…and the many health benefits of wild garlic don’t end here.

Surprising health benefits of wild garlic

Medicinal Uses Of Wild Garlic

Medicinally speaking, there are many impressive uses for wild garlic, including in the treatment of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stomach upset, and chronic disease, among others. This type of garlic can be used internally or topically as an herbal supplement or added to poultices and other home remedies.

Improves Heart Health

Garlic is known to have a soothing effect on high [1] blood pressure, which can lessen your risk of atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. Furthermore, wild garlic is able to lower overall cholesterol levels, keeping your heart in good shape as you age.

Treats Stomach Issues

The antibacterial and anti-fungal compounds found in this wilder form of garlic can help to re-balance the bacterial flora in your gut, which can soothe [2] inflammation, bloating, cramping, constipation, and other stomach issues you may be handling.

Treats Chronic Diseases

The active ingredients in wild garlic have the ability to neutralise free radical activity before it can lead to cellular mutation and oxidative stress in different parts of the [3] body. This can lower your risk of cancer and other chronic diseases, such as heart disease or arthritis.

 

References

  1. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00926865
  2. http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/19768983
  3. http://www.scielo.cl/scielo.php?pid=S0716-97602004000200013&scr..

Serves 4-6 people stirred through gluten free pasta

Ready in 5 minutes

Difficulty Easy

Ingredients

  • 100g wild garlic leaves
  • 25g pine nuts (optionally toasted for extra flavour)
  • 50g hazelnuts (optionally toasted for extra flavour)
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • 170 mls extra virgin organic olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Himalayan crystal salt and ground black pepper to taste
  1. Wash the garlic leaves
  2. Put in blender with all other ingredients
  3. Blitz until smooth
  4. Keeps for at least a week in the fridge

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