Searching for Wild Garlic

Searching for Wild Garlic

14th May 2020

With the easing of lock down and the permission to now drive cars to a destination intended for exercise.  Myself and friend Leanne went in search of wild garlic. Our journey took us to the beautiful nature reserve of Kilwood.  Which is approximately 4 miles from the historic market town of Wareham.  Kilwood Nature reserve is the inspiring result of years of natural regeneration, the woodland, pools and meadows of Kilwood Reserve are home to a rich array of wildlife.  In Springtime its known for carpet of ramsons  known as wild garlic and the aroma of these ramsons fill the air at this time.

We parked near the Blue Pool on the roadside and entered the Nature reserve from Furzlebrook road. Once inside the reserve we soon came across the garlic.

We eagerly picked the smaller leaves that are sweeter and more flavorful than the larger leaves.

Once happy with the amount we had collected we decided to head on further into the nature reserve which eventually came to an end at Norden Farm.  A friendly campsite with fantastic shop selling local produce and the wonderful Purbeck Ice cream.  So after a tub of stem ginger and salted caramel we headed on out of the farm to came across a sign post to Corfe Castle.

A lovely wooded trail led us to Corfe Castle.

Once we reached Corfe Castle we decided to head back to where we had parked. So we climbed the hillside to the Ridge Path known as The Hardy Way.  The Hardy Way is a long distance footpath linking locations in Hardy’s novels.  Once up on the ridge way the views of the surrounding purbeck hillside are amazing.  On a clear day you can see Poole, Bournemouth, Brownsea island and across to the Isle of Wight.

We headed along the ridge way and dropped back towards the nature reserve via clear path which is pointed out at the direction stone on the ridge way. Once back in the nature reserve we found more wild garlic and picked some more and headed home.

You may wonder what you can do with wild garlic.  My favourite recipes are wild garlic scones and wild garlic pesto.

Recipe - Cheese and Wild Garlic scones.

Recipe - Wild Garlic Pesto

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