WILD GARLIC PESTO WITH CASHEWS
Although the wetter was quite cold and grey today, it seems like spring finally has arrived. For example I could smell the beautiful scent of lilac while on my weekly stroll to the farmers market and if there’s one flower’s scent I really adore then it’s clearly lilac.
At the famers market I noticed another clear sign that spring is finally here: Every booth at the market offered loads of fresh and wonderful green wild garlic. As wild garlic is not only known for its health benefits such as being inflammatory, blood purifying and metabolism stimulating but also for its aromatic taste, I ended up buying two big bundles.
Back home I decided to process the wild garlic as soon as possible and started right away with making a vegan pesto out of it. Lots of pesto recipes consist of pine nuts as a main ingredient, but in the end it’s possible to use any kind of nuts or seeds instead of pine nuts. So I decided to go for cashews this time. Not only because I could literally eat them everyday but also because I was curious about how their slightly sweet taste would harmonize with the wild garlic. And yeah, this combination turned out super delicious!
What you need for the pesto:
- 2 bundles of wild garlic
- 150 g cashews
- the juice of one lemon
- 8 tbs olive oil
- salt and pepper
Before blending all ingredients I would recommend you to soak the cashews for about 20 minutes. That will make it a lot easier to mix them afterwards. In case you have a really powerful food processor you can just skip this step though.
The other steps don’t need a lot of explanation: Just roughly chop the wild garlic, drain the cashews, add the other ingredients and blend everything until smooth and your mouth starts watering. The recipe should be enough for two small mason jars.
What to do with the pesto?
Add this pesto to every meal that needs a little extra twist! I personally made myself a huge portion of spaghetti and used the rest for baking a braided pesto bread. No matter what you wanna use your home made pesto for – enjoy every spoon of it!