Cow parsley pesto


Nicola took Willow for a walk along the hedgerows yesterday and picked some cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) which she made into a delicious pesto.  One of the earlier plants to make an appearance, be aware that cow parsley can be mistaken for hemlock, so take a look at this post to make sure that you pick the right plant.  You might also like to try this recipe for cow parsley soup.

Ingredients

  • A good handful of young cow parsley shoots
  • Couple of cloves of garlic
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Walnuts
  • Pinch of salt
  • Olive oil

cow parsley pesto

How to make cow parsley pesto

  • Peel the garlic and pound it in a mortar and pestle with a pinch of sea salt
  • Roughly chop the cow parsley and  grind it to a paste (or pulse in a food processor, it’s easier!)
  • Add the walnuts and pound (or pulse) again
  • Stir in half the Parmesan cheese
  • Drizzle in some oil
  • Add most of the remaining cheese
  • Have a taste, and keep adding a bit more cheese or oil until you are happy with the taste and consistency

cow parsley pesto

I can vouch that it is absolutely delicious and definitely worth a try.  I had mine with a cup of cleavers (Galium aparine) tea, a great spring tonic and incredibly refreshing.

cleavers tea

We identify, collect and cook with a wide range of plants on our Wild Foods & Woodland Cooking course.  You can see loads of photos from that, and all of our other courses, on our Facebook page.


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Lead Instructor at Jack Raven Bushcraft, teaching bushcraft, wilderness and survival skills to groups and individuals.

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