Thanks to one of my patients, I was alerted to the idea of making some wild garlic pesto this year. Now is the time to pick the fresh tender green leaves for this delicious paste. Great as a “garlic bread”, on baked potatoes, pasta……ummm. So far I’ve remembered not to indulge in large quantities the night before treating my patients the next day…..or have I?! That said, the flavour is more subtle and less peppery than common garlic. Apart from the deliciousness of this pesto it has a multitude of health benefits. Here’s why:
Scientific studies in Germany have proven that Wild Garlic contains more magnesium, manganese, iron and sulphur compounds than common garlic.
Magnesium is involved in energy production, nerve function, muscle relaxation (prevents cramping!) and bone and teeth formation. I am often recommending my chiropractic patients to supplement with this mineral for those reasons. Magnesium, in conjunction with calcium and potassium magnesium regulates heart rhythm and clots blood. It also aids in the production and use of insulin. Similarly Manganese, a trace mineral, helps keep bones, nerves and your thyroid gland healthy and helps regulate blood sugars levels. Iron provides vitality, keeping your immune system functioning at its best and helps keep you alert. Sulphur is known to regulate cholesterol and prevent clogging of red blood cells. This is extremely important for the prevention of diseases such as arteriosclerosis and its consequences, like heart attacks, strokes and other circulatory disorders.
Medicinal uses of wild garlic
Anthelmintic (Expels parasites from the gut), Antiasthmatic, Anticholesterolemic (Prevents the buildup of cholesterol), Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Cholagogue (Increases the flow of bile and its discharge from the body), Depurative (Eliminates toxins and purifies the system, especially the blood), Diaphoretic (Induces perspiration), Diuretic, Expectorant, Febrifuge (Reduces fevers), Hypotensive (Reduces blood pressure), Stimulant, Stomachic (Aids and improves the action of the stomach) , Tonic, Vasodilator(Widens the blood vessels, thereby reducing blood pressure)
So there you have it - a delicious bundle of goodness readily available at this time of year! In my recipe I used pumpkin seeds which are loaded with Zinc (helps immune system and benefits production of various hormones)
150g wild garlic leaves (washed if necessary)
50g pumpkin seeds
200ml Olive oil
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp sugar
Whizz up first 3 ingredients then add salt and sugar. Most recipes call for the addition of 50g finely grated parmesan but I didn’t have any available at the time and pesto is still delicious without it! Makes about 2 jars. Sterilize jars and make sure oil sits over top of pesto for storage. Seems to keep for ages in fridge but will probably freeze well too.