Wild Garlic Pesto

Wild Garlic Pesto recipe. One of the easiest foods to forage for due to its distinctive aroma, ramsons as it’s sometimes called, puts a zing into pasta.

Whenever I go bikepacking, I tend to remember something special about the location. Quite often, it’s food, so after three days cycling in the Wiltshire and Dorset hills I will forever associate this place with the smell of wild garlic.

Woodland paths were lined with delicate snow white flowers, the air pungent with the unmistakable odour of a culinary classic.

Picking Wild Garlic for wild garlic pesto recipe The plant has an uncanny habit of making you salivate and long for more than a cheese sandwich or fruity flapjack.

With only half a dozen miles left of our May Bank Holiday bikepacking trip along the Wessex Ridgeway to complete, we stopped to forage some garlic leaves for our dinner.

foraging for wild garlic

Wild Garlic Pesto Recipe


  • 200g of wild garlic leaves (washed)
  • 50g parsley
  • 100g of roasted hazelnuts, walnuts or pine nuts
  • 100g of grated parmesan
  • 100 – 150ml extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of half a lemon


Place nuts in an ovenproof dish and toast under a hot grill for about 3 – 4 minutes, checking frequently to ensure they don’t burn. Leave to cool.

Put the toasted nuts in a food processor, along with the washed wild garlic, parsley parmesan.

Blitz to a paste, then, slowly add the oil until you have a thick, wet paste.

Scrape this into a bowl, add lemon juice and season with salt and black pepper to taste.

This pesto packs a pungent punch and is perfect with pasta or swirled through creamy mashed potato for a simple supper or side dish. (We had asparagus and tender young broad beans fresh from the allotment)

Try spreading some onto freshly baked crusty French bread for a twist on the more familiar garlic bread.

If there are any leftovers, spoon into a sterlised jar and store in the fridge. It will keep for several days. Top up with olive oil and store for a few months. Better still, share the spare food with a friend.



wild garlic pesto recipe

pasta with wild garlic pesto


Meraid Griffin

Freelance writer, adventurer and public speaker. Descibed in the Sunday Times as a 'modest explorer'. Nothing modest about me.

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