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Wild garlic is the new black!


08-05-2013 11:30

Wild garlic is a forager’s delight and one of the best natural ingredients around at this time of year. Sniff out a patch near you!

 

Darina Allen: "Wild garlic has been used in Ireland as a condiment or as part of a relish since earliest times. In the heyday of many large Irish estates it was apparently quite common to plant it on the edges of woodland and pasture. In late spring, when the cattle and sheep were put out to grass after the long winter indoors, the garlic was thought to have a beneficial effect on them. There are two types: wild garlic (Allium ursinum), which grows in shady places along the banks of streams and in undisturbed mossy woodland, and snowbells (Allium triquestrum), which resemble white bluebells and usually grow along the sides of country lanes. Both are delicious mixed with mashed potatoes or added to cooked greens or salads."

 

Over 300 recipes and stories from Ireland’s heritage from Darina Allen’s ’Irish Traditional Cooking’ Book - available from Gill Books Bookshop and all good bookstores nationwide.



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