In your back yard and on a hike, delicious plants are everywhere

Jul 31, 2014

If you’re in your back yard or going for a hike in the woods this weekend, you might not pay that much attention to some of the plants you see. But some of those weeds could be delicious. WSHU’s Craig LeMoult went for a hike in Greenwich with Michelle Spinei and Steve Conaway  of the Greenwich Land Trust, both of whom are devoted foragers.

Garlic mustard can be used to make pesto
Credit Craig LeMoult

Some resources Spinei recommends for new foragers are:
Book: Foragers Harvest
Blog: NY Times "Urban Forager"
Tour: "Wildman" Steve Brill

Among the weeds that are present all over the region is garlic mustard. Here's a recipe for garlic mustard pesto, by chef Bruce Kennedy, courtesy of Northern Woodlands.

1 cup garlic mustard leaves
1 garlic clove
2 tablespoons pine nuts
Sea salt (a pinch or two and adjust to taste)
1/2 cup olive oil
4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Place garlic mustard, garlic, salt, and pine nuts in a food processor and finely chop. With food processor running, add olive oil in a thin stream. Scrape the sides of the bowl to mix ingredients. Continue to blend until smooth. Add Parmesan cheese and blend using the pulse feature briefly.

Other garlic mustard recipes are online here and here.