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The Survival Series Part Two: Wild Garlic

Last week I started a new food series here on the blog focusing in on my fascination with survival (and coincidentally the ever-looming apocalypse).

Each week I’ll feature a wild food resource that can be found lurking where you least expect it.

See it as a guide for when things start to go down; if anything you’ll be prepared! This week:

Wild Garlic

T’is the season. Spring is truly here when wild garlic is in abundance.

It’s often remarked that wild garlic has been prized for many years in Ireland and I can see why.

These glorious tufts of green, fragrant leaves and flowers are filled with the most wonderful flavour.

Preferring more acidic soils, you’ll find the plant on the deciduous woodland floor where it grows like a carpet, spreading around trees and walkways.

What’s great is that the entire plant is edible, but unless you actually own the land where the plant is growing, it’s illegal to uproot the whole bulb (incidentally uprooting can prevent the plant from returning the next year so it’s better to be a sustainable forager!)

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(Image via WikimediaCommons/PhilipHalling)

Your best bet is to take leaves, from a few plants around the area and pop them into a foraging sack.

Be wary that there may be dogs who have had to the understandable urge to pee in the woods, so it’s safer not to clip the leaves that are just beside a pathway.

There are a few plants that look like wild garlic but are highly poisonous (I’m looking at you Lily of the Valley), but use your nose – the plant should smell distinctively like garlic and be very pungent. Don’t pick it if you’re unsure.

For those with a little bit more time on their hands and are not in a hurry to feed their camp or run away from zombies, why not try to blend up the wild garlic with Parmesan, rapeseed oil, lemon and pine nuts to make a delicious homemade pesto – perfect on crackers or on pasta.

As always, happy foraging!

Movie to watch: Contagion

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The Survival Series Part One: Wild Sea Spinach

It’s no secret that I absolutely love survival, post-apocalyptic, dystopian and zombie-related things, so when this idea sprung to mind, I got very excited.

In a new feature series, each week I’m going to highlight a certain wild food that you can eat, should you ever find yourself in an apocalyptic situation.

The chances are unlikely, but better to be safe than sorry! First up:

Sea Spinach/Sea Beets

Similar looking to garden spinach, this wild and edible plant has shiny, green leaves and a fleshy stem (see image).

Despite its similarity, it’s actually more strongly flavoured and has a wonderful hint of saltyness from the sea.

Surprisingly common, it can be found on dry shore, on sea walls or sometimes on canal banks.

The plant tends to make its first appearance in spring (though I’ve seen it throughout the year) and it’s very straightforward to cook.

A distant cousin of chard, for the best flavour, pick the leaves when they’re young and tender. The great thing is, the whole plant is edible.

Treat the sea spinach exactly like chard, kale or garden spinach but just cook it for a little bit longer as the leaves are tougher.

You can cook them whole or remove the stems but if you’re trying to keep moving away from zombies or the infected, I wouldn’t waste my time trimming!

Should you however find yourself with an abundance of ingredients and electricity, sea spinach goes very well with eggs (like in a frittata) or with fried potatoes.

All in all, I actually find sea spinach to be far superior to its garden version, and would happily eat it for days on end. It’s a wonderful plant and it’s worth giving a shot.

This is a coastal plant, so it wouldn’t be particularly helpful for those living in the midlands, but don’t worry, there are plenty of other wild foods that I plan to highlight.

Happy foraging!

Movie to watch: 28 Days Later

(Image via WikimediaCommons/Rmrony)