Wild Garlic Soup great for detoxing

Wild Garlic Soup great for detoxing

By 15/05/2013

What do you do when spring arrives? You go foraging!

It can be very therapeutic going into the woods: I love the stillness, the peace you can find there; it is very calming for the mind like a meditation.

With the arrival of spring the woods are loaded with very tasty leaves waiting there to be picked and turned into nice meals.

A popular one which grows wild in Europe and Asia known for its stimulating, detoxing and antiseptic properties is wild garlic or called properly "Allium Ursinum" deriving from the bears which, according to legend, at the end of the period of hibernation feed on these leaves to purify the body after their long winter's sleep.

Wild Garlic

wild garlic

The leaves are 20-40 cm long, have a long oval shape and shrink in a long stalk and  have a white flower. Their most important characteristic is that they have a pungent smell of garlic. That's why they are easily distinguished from the toxic leaves of the Lily of the Valley which are harder and the top part of the leaf is opaque while that below is glossy. Wild garlic leaves are the opposite: the shiny side is on the top while underneath they are opaque.

Many people make pesto out this plant or they use them to flavour boiled potatoes, they make sauces, flavour oils, enrich meats or fish or they add them to salads. This leaf is aromatic without being too overpowering which makes it very interesting and pleasant.

I decided to make a soup as it still feels cold outside and we still need to eat comfort food - when will summer arrive!

  • Prep Time : 40 minutes
  • Cook Time : 35 minutes


All the vegetables you need are: wild garlic, 1 stick of celery, 2 carrots. 1 large potato, 1 small onion

Wild Garlic Soup

Chop them roughly into pieces, put them in large pot and cover them up with cold water. Add salt and pepper and the stock cube

Wild Garlic Soup

Cook for 35 minutes then whiz the vegetables into a puree

Wild Garlic Soup

Add 2 tbsp of olive oil and plenty of Parmesan cheese. Enjoy this healthy and tasty soup with lots of fresh crunchy bread!

wild garlic soup



My relatives foraging in the woods


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9 Responses to Wild Garlic Soup great for detoxing

  1. gloria

    I love this soup!!!

  2. Nora

    That’s a very informative post Alida. I had heard of the “ail des ours” as it’s called in France but never knew what it looked like. Now I can confidently look for it in the forest and not confuse it with its Lilly of the valley counterpart!

    • Alida

      I think it is quite an easy leaf to spot and very common in woods in Europe at this time of the year. Give it a go if you find it 🙂

  3. unikorna

    wow Alida it looks soooooo good :). It’s like a mashed Ratatouille almost..Congrats on the arrangements :)>

  4. Bread and Companatico

    never heard of wild garlic but this is the second post on a UK website I read… you must have a lot of that! I am always nervous with picking greens in the wild, always scared of picking the wrong stuff. but I could taste this soup gladly 🙂

    • Alida

      Hello Barbara,
      This is easy to spot and you soon get used to recognize the right leafs. If you cannot find this one I am sure there must be other types of tasty leafs where you are. Wild herbs taste amazing!

  5. la cucina di Molly

    Buonissima e salutare la tua zuppa! Proverò a cercare questa pianta, non la conoscevo! Un bacione!

  6. Lisa the Gourmet Wog

    I’ve never tried wild garlic before. I wish we could grow it in Sydney. This looks most nourishing!

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