Foraging for Wild Garlic
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For years I have been reading about wild garlic and its many culinary uses with wide eyed glee, wishing and hoping to one day happen upon some and fill my tummy with the fragrant leaves and flowers. A month or so ago I found a cluster of three cornered leeks which have a strong onion flavour and were very delicious eaten straight from the tundra or chopped into salads, but alas it wasn't wild garlic. Well thanks to Nathan my dream of foraging wild garlic has now come true!
A little while ago a show aired on BBC2 called One Man And His Campervan about a chap named Martin Dorey, who is a campervan lover and a passionate foodie, who journeyed around Britain in his 1970s classic campervan meeting local foraging experts along the way. In one of the episodes Martin visited Hampshire and in particular the New Forest where he met a local forager Gary Eveleigh who took him on a foraging adventure. I actually missed the entire series, but Nathan saw it and he told me all about as he knows Gary.
A few weeks later Gary popped into the pub for a drink and Nathan got chatting with him about how I am obsessed with food, especially free food from the wonderful shop that never closes; nature! Nathan asked if he knew of any good spots for foraging wild garlic and Gary discreetly advised a location a few miles away that is always teeming with it.
Last weekend Nathan, Brooke, Poppy, Monty and I embarked on a wild garlic adventure. If only I didn't have a stuffy hayfever nose I would have joined Nathan and Brooke in being able to smell it before we saw it.
As we approached the masses of white flowers we were in shock and awe that as far as our eyes could see the ground was scattered with the delicate pure white flowers and the deep green broad leaves that are so delicious. I have an itsy bitsy little trug (with the intention of filling only half of the trug so as not to be greedy) that I meant to take with us. However in my excitement I forgot the tiny trug and the only receptacle other than the camera bag that we had were unused and very clean poopy bags! It seemed terribly wrong to use the bags for foraging, but I could not entertain the thought of going home empty handed so they had to do.
Brooke captured me having a moment with my beloved! I didn't know that she was pointing the camera at me so there I was inhaling the intoxicating scent whilst looking ridiculously in love with the plant! It is too amusing to keep to myself, you all need to see what a food and nature geek I truly am!
Poppy sampling the wild garlic
Two of the happiest dogs alive
A New Forest Pony grazing
A beautiful and very well camouflaged frog which Nathan cleverly spotted
A wild garlic leaf sprouting through a remnant of autumn
This is a still from a video so it is not the best quality, but Poppy's face and little paws are lovely, so I just couldn't resist
Speaking of the video, I was trying to capture stills from it, but it was taking forever and a thought crossed my mind. Perhaps I could play it here, but I was hesitant about it as it seems far more embarrassing than photographs for some reason, but at the same time, I would love to hear all of your voices, so I thought I should just give it a go.
We (read Nathan!) had to cut it into two and rotate it as it the filming switched between portrait and landscape. Therefore the quality has diminished, but at least you won't have to tilt your head side to side to watch it!
As we walked back to the main road, Brooke and I hopped into the river as we were in flip flops and we encouraged the pooches to follow. Monty with his teeny little Shih Tzu legs an in with sheer abandon and was having an incredible time. Poppy however was not enjoying the water at all, she immediately ran out of the river and looked horrified that we would suggest such a ghastly thing for her to do!
This is now one of our favourite places to walk and we will be going back this week, I cannot wait!
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