Walking in the woods, I feel the sun shining again on my pale winter skin. Spring is finally here and there's a great stretch in the evening. I bend to pluck a tender leaf and tear it apart to relish the pungent smell. Wild garlic, and the promise of summer...as well as a delicious pesto!
I'm always delighted to spot the first young, tender leaves of wild garlic of ramsons (Allium ursinum) popping up from the moist wood floor, often in tandem with the greater celandine. Soon a dense carpet will cover the wood, as wood anemones also flower, and later, just around before the bluebells appear in all their glory, the garlic will produce white flowers.
(With the longer days (Allium ursinum) can be found in ancient woodland in Ireland and Britain, and, according to what Wikipedia tells me, Europe as far as the Caucasus region.
DISCLAIMER: The reader is advised that they are responsible for their own safety in foraging. While foraging can be enjoyable and rewarding, it is essential to be fully knowledgeable about what one is doing. The leaves of a number of poisonous plants visually resemble wild garlic.
Wild garlic can be purchased from some farmers' market stalls and has also made an appearance in Irish supermarket Dunnes Stores.