Monday, May 3

Weeds for dinner

Another foraging adventure...

For a last minute dinner treat, Jill and I ventured back to the bike trail, to forage for garlic mustard. Another plant that is considered a nuisance, garlic mustard grows in abundance, once it is introduced into an ecosystem.

Though making this pesto won't completely wipe out the garlic mustard, you can feel a bit good, that in making garlic mustard pesto, you are not only eating free food, but you are eliminating a highly invasive species!

Here is what garlic mustard looks like:
Garlic Mustard Pesto
3 cups of garlic mustard leaves
3 tablespoons of pine nuts
2/3 cup of olive oil
A pinch of salt

1. Wash the garlic mustard VERY well. Because it is a weed, garlic mustard may be sprayed with an herbicide. So don't skip the washing...

2. Puree all the ingredients together, and voila! Instantly classier dinner, on a low budget!
We spread ours on toast, and tossed it with pasta. Garlic mustard is a bit spicy, but the kick adds a little something to your dish. Also, you can freeze pesto, if you want to make a bit of extra. Simply, distribute excess pesto into an ice cube tray, and freeze individually. When you are ready to use it, just pop how ever many you need in a bowl and allow to thaw at room temperature! A great way to store your food :)

Happy foraging!

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