Ramsons form fragrant spring carpets in shady woodland areas at this time of year. The origins of many place names such as Ramsey Common, Ramsdale and Ramsbottom are derived from this ancient word. The plant is related to chives, and their botanic name, Allium Ursinum, contains the latin word for bear (ursus) as bears are extremely keen on them and dig up the bulbs with enthusiasm. Wild Garlic is easy to find in woods, just follow the aroma of garlic in the air and look for their shiny ovate leaves and white balls of little star-shaped flowers.The leaves taste much milder than bulb garlic and can be eaten raw. The flowers are also edible, have a peppery flavour and are very tasty when fried in batter as tempura.
Seasonal and delicious, Ramsons Relish has many uses –
Sandwiches – An excellent addition to cucumber, chicken or cheese sandwiches
Pasta – use the condiment like pesto
Smoked salmon or pan-fried fish – an excellent side sauce
Mayo – Mix it into fresh mayonnaise and use as a dip
Rice – Wild garlic risotto
Mash – Mix the relish into mashed potato.
Soup – Use the relish as a drizzle
Salad – Ramsons Relish makes an excellent addition to vinaigrette
Scrambled eggs – stirred into creamy scrambled eggs, divine.
Potato Frittata – one the side, one of the best