Wondering what to do about all those weeds? Well, here’s the solution – make your own pesto with them! In Denmark we’re plagued by Ground-Elder (skvalderkål) in the spring and summer time. However, after I (or rather my better half) discovered this pesto recipe, it has taken on a whole new meaning for us. You might be skeptical, but I tell you, it tastes great! So get those gardening gloves on and get weeding!
50 young ground-elder (skvalderkål) shoots (the young ones taste best)
100 g parmesan cheese (DK foodies, you could also try using Stenalt firm goat’s cheese, it’s excellent)
100 g hazelnuts
1 spring onion (if you want more of a garlic flavour, use ramsons (ramsløg) or simply garlic)
200-300 ml rapeseed or olive oil
Salt and pepper
Rinse the ground-elder, grate the cheese and mix everything in a blender. Add oil as appropriate. Season with salt and pepper (salt will mellow the slight bitterness of the ground-elder).