Classic Wild Garlic/Ramsons Pesto Recipe

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Classic Wild Garlic Pesto. Photo: Helena Kirk

Wild Garlic or Ramsons (Allium ursinum) is an amazing, wild, and completely cost-free plant, that can be foraged in spring. In the Nordic countries, most people know about wild garlic and use it in their cooking even if they are not normally foraging for wild foods. The reason is probably that wild garlic is a quite common plant, and it can easily be recognized by its green spear-shaped leaves and beautiful white star-shaped flowers. They are growing in clusters, and have a strong smell of garlic.

I have decided to give you the classic recipe of a wild garlic pesto, because it is so delicious that I make it every year. Pesto can be used in pasta, sandwiches, or in mashed potatoes, and is packed with flavor. I think everyone who is starting out foraging for wild garlic/ramsons should at least try this recipe once.

If you are looking for other recipes with wild garlic, take a look at this wild garlic sea salt recipe, this wild garlic barbecue marinade recipe, wild garlic and potato soup, or be creative, and use wild garlic as you would use onion or garlic in other recipes.

Wild garlic/ramsons (allium ursinum). Photo: Lennert Kools

Classic Wild Garlic Pesto

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Sauces


  • 1.8 ounces (50 grams) wild garlic leaves, rinsed
  • 1.2 ounces (30 grams) pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 ounce (25 grams) parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) olive oil
  • Pinch of sea salt


  • Place all ingredients in a blender and process until desired consistency. Enjoy the wild garlic pesto in a sandwich, in pasta, or how else you would use any other pesto.
Keyword parmesan cheese, pine nuts, wild garlic
classic wild garlic pesto

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