Wild garlic is wonderful. My mother occasionally used the leaves in salads but I was properly introduced to cooking with it at Ballymaloe. The garlic taste is certainly not overpowering, it’s readily available and of course, it’s free! There are two types; the “three cornered leek” or allium triquetrum which comes into season first, followed by the more recognisable broad green leaves of the allium ursinum. The flowers are also edible and provide an attractive and flavourful garnish to any dish. When it comes to recipes, I love wild garlic soup, Rory O’Connell’s broth is great and so simple to make. Here is the link to his recipe http://roryoconnell.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/wild-about-garlic.html This weekend I hope to make some wild garlic pesto, see recipe here http://www.goodfoodireland.ie/recipe/homemade-wild-garlic-pesto/4648 It is delicious but doesn’t keep for too long, not that it’s problem when I’m around! You might get some strange looks when picking it, however it is most definitely worth it! I will end this post with an appeal to anyone who knows some good picking spots in St Andrews. I know there is some around, but much as I would love to go on a foraging expedition, I have a medieval history essay to complete so time is of the essence! So, providing I find the wild garlic, I shall post some pictures of some delicious bruschetta this weekend.