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I don't remember a better year for Wild Garlic - it seems to be really flourishing around Otley, competing with the Bluebells for aromatic supremacy in our woodlands. Also known as Ramsons or Bear Leek, in other countries bears and boars will dig up the bulbs to eat, and the leaves are used as cattle fodder, resulting in milk with a garlic tang. The bulbs, flowers and leaves are all edible to us - see below for a recipe using the latter instead of basil in pesto.


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