A Smell of Garlic in the Air
Wild garlic is one of the highlights of spring walks at the moment. In the next few weeks it will become easier and easier to notice it on woodland floors as the scent of garlic begins to waft into the air.
Personally I think wild garlic is a lovely little plant that looks great in woods and forests. Not many people would be happy to see it growing in their own gardens though! I have spent a good few hours on my hands and knees removing large areas of this plant from gardens all around Dublin. The plant which has tiny translucent bulbs can become quiet invasive in gardens and take over large sections. Of course there is the smell associated with it too! In nice city gardens it is not the most desired smell as you walk around your garden or walk out your front door!
The leaves and flowers of this plant are edible and can be used in a number of different ways. From wild garlic pesto or used simply in a salad to add extra flavour. One of the easiest ways I find of telling if you have found wild garlic or not is to pull a leaf and crush it in your hand. If it is wild garlic you will get a strong smell of garlic once the leaves are crushed.
Now it is time to go off and find enough leaves so I can make something with it! Don’t worry I will share whatever I make with you all of course!