We headed for the same ramsons patch where we found Spirit. No sign of owls today though but plenty of ramsons. We set the basket down and gathered handful upon handful. The woods we visit is very ancient, probably at least medieval but maybe even older and this particular patch of ramsons is very well established. I'd love to know how long it's been there for. Hundreds of years maybe? Longer? When I looked back at the ramsons patch as we left, there wasn't an obvious difference to when we arrived which was surprising.
|Can you spot the poisonous leaf in amongst the ramsons?|
|That's the one ... Lords and Ladies. You can tell the difference but it's a warning against blindly picking handfuls at a time|
|Handful of ramsons|
|We picked around 5 or 6 times this many and there were many, many times this amount left|
|Total amount that we gathered|
|Hundreds of pignuts on the way back|
Plenty of freshly picked ramsons leaves, washed and checked over
Grana padano cheese, grated
Put a good handful of leaves and some oil in the liquidiser, whizz it up. With each whizz, add more and more leaves and as much oil as needed to make it a good consistency. Add a good amount of pine nuts and salt to taste with a generous amount of cheese. Whizz it up again and store in the fridge. If you want to store it longer, it can be frozen ... easy peasy and very lovely!
|Finished pesto to the left, whizzed ramsons with oil and salt to the right (they need cheese and pine nuts adding tomorrow)|
|Such a beautiful colour!|