Spring is a wonderful time! All the flowers, bugs, smells, green everywhere, the sun starts shining, you gotta love spring! :)
One of the things we especially love about spring is the abundance of rich, tasty, healthy wild food. So here are some of our favourites:
Primrose – beautiful flowers that announce nicer weather but also a very rich food. You can eat both the leaves and the flowers, and they can be served raw or cooked. We mostly eat it as a salad, but also make primorse risotto or add primrose to soups. The flowers make an excellent tea as well.
Dandelion leaves – yummy spring salad, best with hard-boilled eggs, potato, some beans and a bit of homemade pancetta. Mmmmm…
Ramsons (wild garlic, bear leek, bear’s garlic) – great in a soup together with some potato and cooking cream, but also as pesto sauce. It can also be eaten raw in a salad. Be careful when picking wild garlic, as it looks very similar to some other plants that are exteremely toxic. It is distignuished by the strong smell of garlic.
Common nettle – great if you are picking the young leaves. We like it best in a soup or cooked like a spinach. There are many different varieties but most of them are edible.
Asparagus – the absolute favourite! Unfortunately, it doesn’t grow in this part of Slovenia, but we do get our supply regularly from family members – thanks mom and sister! :) Wild asparagus is the absolute queen of spring food, it can be eaten in millions of ways and it’s always so tasty and lovely!
Disclaimer: Don’t try to do this at home unless you know what you’re doing. Wild food can be great but a lot of plants and herbs have very similar relatives that can be very dangerous if eaten. So it’s always best to go picking plants with someone who knows all about it, and never eat something if you’re not 100% sure what it is.
That being said, bon appetit! :)