Foraging: Garlic Mustard & Nettle Pesto Recipe : GF Video

| May 4, 2012 | 7 Comments
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Foraging was on our minds this weekend, seeing some edible wild plants in our yard, after listening to this NPR story on eating and cooking wild foods like edible Garlic Mustard and Nettles.

Yes, you can eat nettles, despite the fact that the stems of the nettle plant have tiny barbs that sting if you grab Nettles without gloves. The secret is blanching before eating the nettles.

Garlic Mustard is an edible wild green, its leaves have hint of Garlic taste, though the mustard leaf taste is more prominent. Garlic Mustard is a non-native invasive plant that crowds out woodland native flowers like trilliums, bloodroot, etc. When harvesting Garlic Mustard, be sure to remove the entire root base, so it doesn’t grow back.

Our Wild Edible Plant Pesto Recipe made with Stinging Nettles and Garlic Mustard is inspired by an NPR interview of Leah Lizarondo whose food blog is Brazen Kitchen. A big thank you to Larkin Page-Jacobs of NPR and Leah.

Please tell us about your foraging recipes and tips below the recipe, thanks.

Foraging Videos & Edible Plant Identification:

Here are other plant identification foraging videos we have done:

 Dandelion, How to find, forage, and cook Dandelion Video


Lambsquarter, Foraging and Cooking Lambsquarter Video

Click for photos of Garlic Mustard and Stinging Nettles for plant identification.






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  1. I love it! So great to get more in depth than 3 minutes.

    A little note for the nettles — if you are weeding out your own yard it is fine to pull by the roots. However, if harvesting in the wild, its advisable to cut the tops and preserve the roots.

    Mmmm, now I’m hungry.

    Thanks for a great video!

  2. Ann says:

    Great idea! Nettles are sprouting up right now, too.


  3. Patrick says:

    Thanks for this video! I will try this recipe for sure. I’ve been doing some foraging this spring and recently made some nettle pasta. Here’s a photo:

    Keep up the great work!

  4. Hi Eric — what a great video! I just spent last Sunday pulling out all those annoying weeds (Garlic Mustard) here at the Jersey Shore because I didn’t know they were edible. Good news is — I have a lot more of them! Don’t have any nettles but I will try your pesto recipe with spinach as a substitute. Also the dandelions are sprayed on my lawn with pesticide so I will substitute arugala. Can’t wait to try this out. Weeds you can eat — yipee!!!

  5. Eric Gunnar Rochow says:

    @connie, good to hear. yes please avoid the sprayed dandelion, but you may find some nearby that isn’t sprayed. enjoy the food, eric.

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