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1:00 AM 13th April 2024

Searches For ‘Wild Garlic’ Soar As TikTok Foragers Spark Inspiration


Image by 👀 Mabel Amber, who will one day from Pixabay
Image by 👀 Mabel Amber, who will one day from Pixabay
As wild garlic season reaches its peak, meal kit service HelloFresh reveals a surge in interest for the seasonal crop.

Online searches for ‘wild garlic recipes’ have increased by 5000% in the last month. The rise in interest follows the boom of foraging, as TikTokers show keen cooks how to make the most of food in their own backyard.

In response to this, HelloFresh’s Senior Recipe Development Manager, Mimi Morley shares three wild garlic recipes.

Wild Garlic Soup

Image by Bernadette Wurzinger from Pixabay
Image by Bernadette Wurzinger from Pixabay
Searches for ‘wild garlic soup recipe’ have increased by over 5000% on Google. Mimi explains how to make this spring soup:

This recipe is much like a leek and potato soup with a lighter, spring twist.
Cook your potatoes and onion in a pan and soften over a medium heat for about ten minutes.
Add in vegetable stock and roughly chop four generous handfuls of wild garlic before adding in.
Blend together and finish with a dollop of creme fraiche for a creamy taste.

Wild Garlic Butter

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Image by -Rita-👩‍🍳 und 📷 mit ❤ from Pixabay
Inspired by another recent TikTok trend, compound butter is the perfect way to elevate your dishes. Google searches for ‘wild garlic butter’ have increased by over 100% this month, perhaps inspired by Thomas Straker’s viral wild garlic butter video which amassed over 1 million likes on TikTok.

My favourite way to use this delicious wild garlic butter recipe is in a homemade chicken kiev.
Create a long pocket in your chicken breast and stuff with the butter.
Fold back and seal before evenly coating your chicken breast in egg wash, flour and breadcrumbs.
Shallow fry before transferring to the oven for 10 minutes.

Wild Garlic Pesto

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Image by -Rita-👩‍🍳 und 📷 mit ❤ from Pixabay
Finally, use your wild garlic in a fresh pesto to serve with light pasta dishes or in salad dressings.

In a food processor combine wild garlic leaves, cashew nuts, Italian style hard cheese, seasoning and a dash of olive oil.
I love using this pesto recipe in a simple spaghetti or to season roasted baby potatoes for a Sunday dinner with a difference.

Dos and Don’ts of Foraging

Before heading out to collect your own wild garlic, be mindful of the dos and don’ts of safe and respectful foraging:

Don’t forage on private property without the landowners consent.

Know what you’re eating. Always use a guidebook or foraging app to identify what you’re picking. The golden rule: If you’re not sure what it is, don’t eat it.

Be mindful of sensitive ecosystems. Make sure you do your research on the area before heading out foraging. Don’t take any more than you need and be respectful of the natural habitat.

Wash your harvest properly! Always be sure to make sure to rinse off wild garlic and other foods to remove any insects, dirt or bacteria.

For more garlic recipe inspiration visit the HelloFresh website here