Running through ransomes

 

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Spring is here , sun is shining, days are longer – so get out the bunting, dust off your shoes and rejoice in the best season for running.

The weather has been kind these past few days making for a lovely Easter holiday weekend and so nice to be able to run after work in daylight and back in the Dell after months of dark nights street running.

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Right now  wild garlic or ransomes are growing everywhere in the Dell giving our runs an extra sensory dimension. The joyous whiff of wild garlic is strongest on a damp morning, or like this evening when a warm, quite humid day had released the wonderful waft.

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Wild garlic – Alium Ursinium – or ‘ransomes’  grow freely in woodlands,and are all over the banks of the Dell path. It is  quite a fashionable ingredient these days, gracing the menus of the finest restaurants I believe. They can be used to flavour all sorts of dishes in much the same way as you might use regular garlic or onions – the flavour is not as pronounced as the woodland smell might suggest, and the bright green leaves have a more subtle chive taste. I did add some to a roast chicken dinner last year and very tasty it was too.

One of these days I might pause in my run to forage.

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