National Garlic Day!
Today, 19th April, is National Garlic Day. In addition to keeping vampires at bay, garlic is also known for its medicinal qualities, including being credited with lowering cholesterol levels, reversing high blood pressure, resisting the common cold and overcoming fatigue. Garlic is also a good source of B vitamins, but you would have to eat a lot of it to benefit from the effects!
Native to central Asia, garlic has a history dating back 6,000 years. Long a staple of Mediterranean diets, garlic was a commonly used seasoning in the cuisines of Africa, Asia and Europe. China is currently the world’s biggest producer of garlic followed by India, South Korea, and Egypt. Across the world we enjoy it in pasta, curries, and stir fries amongst others, but one of our favourite recipes is garlic and watercress pesto, great with fresh tagliatelle.
Garlic and watercress pesto
4 wild garlic leaves
1 bunch of watercress
50g toasted walnuts
Juice of half a lemon
20 ml Walnut oil, plus extra for seasoning
Salt and pepper
Place all the ingredients bar the salt and pepper into the mixer. Blitz to a purée, adding more walnut oil if needed. Taste, and season with salt and pepper.
This can be used immediately, or stored in a fridge for 2-5 days, or frozen. Try using ice cube trays for smaller portions, and use as & when you need them.