Filed under: Cooking, spring seasonal food | Tags: edible wild plant, ground elder, pesto, pumpkin seed oil
Now the Spring is finally here and the first green things have started to come up! I wanted to get off to the forest and look for some new shoots of ground – elder ( Aegopodium podagraria) which is one of the first edible wild plants showing up in the spring. Now it is also the best time to collect it, since later in the summer it becomes slightly bitter.
I went off to the woods and found the new ground – elder leaves excactly where I expected them to be. What a hunter – gatherer’s joy I experienced at this! And while collecting them, I felt a lightness of heart, and strangely at peace the way I haven’t felt in a long time… maybe it was the connection to Mother Earth, who knows.
After returning home with my bounty, I decided to make pesto out of it. I thought that it would feel really nice to eat them uncooked.
Ground Elder Pesto with Pumpkin Seed Oil
1 dl almonds
1 dl pumpkin seed oil
1 tsp salt
3 handfuls of young leaves of ground – elder
1 clove of garlic
1/2 dl water
2 tsp dried basil
I made this pesto simply by mixing all the ingredients with a handheld mixer. The colour of it was scarily dark, but the taste very lovely, strong and flavourful. As I had intented, the strong taste of the pumpkinseed oil went really well together with the taste of ground elder.