Wild Garlic Soup: A Fabulously Fragrant Free Forage

Wild Garlic Soup

Recipe by Riverford. Tried, slightly adapated & tasted by GraceDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

18

minutes

This soup is rich and buttery and, funnily enough, not too garlicky. Wild garlic has several names (scroll down to see them) and is freely available (literally!) in the hedgerows. It has a mellow taste. Used traditionally throughout Europe as a spring tonic due to its blood-purifying properties, it’s also thought to lower cholesterol and blood-pressure, which in turn helps to reduce the risk of diseases such as heart attack or stroke.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil + tbsp butter

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 600g potatoes, peeled and diced

  • 1.2 litres veg stock

  • 50g wild garlic leaves, shredded

  • crème fraîche or double cream, to serve

  • wild garlic flowers (optional)

Directions

  • Add the potatoes and stock. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, until the potatoes are tender.
  • Add the wild garlic leaves, reserving a few shreds for garnishing the soup.
  • Blitz in a blender or food processor until smooth, with flecks of wild garlic leaves. Reheat in the pan, seasoning to taste.
  • Serve with a swirl of crème fraîche or double cream, a few shreds of wild garlic and a few wild garlic flowers, if you have them.

Cook’s Tip

  • I swapped one tbsp of oil for 1 tbsp of butter as I found it adds a certain richness.
  • Leaves, stems and flowers of wild garlic are all edible. Can be used to make pesto too.
Waiting in the queue at our local farm shop
to buy potatoes to make wild garlic soup

Allium ursinum, known as wild garlic, ramsons, buckrams, broad-leaved garlic, wood garlic, bear leek or bear’s garlic, is a bulbous perennial flowering plant in the amaryllis family Amaryllidaceae. It is a wild relative of onion, native to Europe and Asia, where it grows in moist woodland.

We had no cream but still tasted delish

Lots more scrummy soup recipes here

2 Comments

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    Pamela Sinclair

    Its a very seasonal Herb wild garlic, I could buy in German supermarkets when I lived there as now moved near Twickenham and what with the self isolation and trouble getting shopping I probably won’t get the chance to get it this year but seems to be a good green grocer near by and when I get the chance will see if they have some. so thanks for posting the soup recipe will try when got the ingredients

    • Grace

      Hi Pamela. I do hope you get the opportunity to find some wild garlic. If you are able to get to woodland you should be able to find a plentiful supply. Otherwise let’s hope the grocer comes up trumps for you! Thanks for reading our website. Best wishes, Grace

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