this week in the herb garden


wild garlic or ramsons

Wild garlic Allium ursinum - also known as Ramsons is a springtime herb growing in woodland and on shady banks. It is a lover of moist soil. It is a fairly new plant in the herb garden, and although I have been using the leaves for a number of weeks now, it has only just flowered. Flowers, leaves and bulbs are all edible, but I leave the bulbs to grow again next year. I pick the leaves and flowers to add to omelettes, stir fries and pasta dishes, but as it quickly loses its flavour in cooking it is best added just before a dish is ready. It is time now to make use of the last of it before it disappears back underground, so the decision is to make a wild garlic pesto