On our way back from work in the mountains yesterday, Stani and I spotted fresh wild garlic popping out in a local woodland area. I love wild garlic when it first pops its leaves out of the earth. It is super fresh and the bulbs are fat and juicy. Having spotted this it was then time to grab some Winkles to accompany the garlic.

If we in the UK were to experience a collapse of society and found ourselves in a true survival situation, the wilderness here could not support the current population by far. Even small groups would quickly deplete the minimal wild areas we have left of resources. The only possible answer that could support larger numbers of people is the sea. Fish, sea weed, shellfish all nutritionally rich and relatively easy to forage.

Winkles don’t have much meat but they provide a tasty, if slightly rubbery snack and are fun to collect with kids whilst rock pooling or on rest days.
Megan Hine Wild Garlic 1

Shore things: Winkle and Wild Garlic recipe
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Prep Time
20 Minutes
Cook Time
3-4 Minutes
Prep Time
20 Minutes
Cook Time
3-4 Minutes
Shore things: Winkle and Wild Garlic recipe
Print Recipe
Prep Time
20 Minutes
Cook Time
3-4 Minutes
Prep Time
20 Minutes
Cook Time
3-4 Minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Gather the winkles in a bucket, if they are from a super sandy area it is worth purging them for several hours in water to help flush out the sand. I like to purge them anyway, just in case.
  2. While the Winkles are flushing themselves clean, gather your wild garlic. If you have gathered your garlic and it is wilting, place the leaves and bulbs into a glass of water, they will quickly re-hydrate themselves and stop looking so pathetic.
  3. Chop Garlic
  4. Place a large knob of butter into a saucepan and melt
  5. Once melted drop in your garlic and mix until the garlic softens.
  6. Add coconut milk or White wine to the butter and garlic and bring to the boil
  7. Drop in the Winkles and boil for 3-4 minutes
  8. With a pin, hook out your winkles and enjoy, don’t forget to watch out for the winkles door, a round, brownish hard bit at the entrance to the shell.

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