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Wild Garlic Mustard with Ginger, Maple Syrup, and White Wine

Wild garlic mustard develops a rich flavor when combined with fresh herbs, ginger, and maple syrup. This recipe can be prepared with or without white wine.
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vegan

20min    12h    easy  
  Water 65.9%  54/22/24  LA (0.3g) 1:1 (0.4g) ALA


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Ingredients (for servings, )

Wild garlic mustard, with or without white wine
3 ½ ozYellow mustard seeds
ozWhite pepper
1 tspFresh ginger (0.07 oz)
1 cloveGarlic, raw, organic (0.11 oz)
3 ¼ ozWild garlic
1 ozMaple syrup
½ tspSalt (0.11 oz)
100 mlWhite wine vinegar (3.5 oz)
Optional
100 mlWhite wine (3.5 oz)

Equipment

  • coffee grinder, electric
  • sieve
  • vegetable peeler
  • canning jar (Weck jar, Mason jar)

Type of preparation

  • chop or grind
  • food preparation without heating
  • meld
  • remove the skin
  • peel
  • sift

Preparation

  1. Preparing the wild garlic mustard
    Finely grind the mustard seeds together with the white pepper (peppercorns) in an electric coffee grinder.

    If you want the mustard to be smoother, you can strain out any remaining mustard seeds and run them through the coffee grinder again.

  2. Peel the garlic clove and ginger, cut into pieces, and grind to a fine paste in the electric coffee grinder.

  3. Clean and finely chop the wild garlic. Combine all of the ingredients and stir until a creamy paste is achieved.

    Rinse the wild garlic well. This is important because, depending on where it was picked, the danger of fox tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis) infections cannot be ruled out.

  4. Transfer the wild garlic mustard to a clean bowl and smooth it out with the back of a spoon. Let it rest overnight because the flavor and sharpness develops through oxidation and fermentation. If necessary, add a little water or white wine.

    Without white wine: Replace the white wine with two equal amounts of water and white wine vinegar. In this case, the 100 mL of white wine can be replaced with about 50 mL of water and 50 mL of white wine vinegar.

  5. Final steps and storing
    Transfer the wild garlic mustard to clean jars and close tightly. Then store at least two weeks in a cool, dark place to allow the mustard time to develop its full flavor. If you use it earlier, it will taste tangy and bitter.

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Author
Luise Völlm, Switzerland
Nach meinem Studium der Oecotrophologie (Haushalts- und Ernährungswissenschaften) an der mitteldeutschen Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften in Fulda, verschlug es mich in meine neue Heimat, das Rheinwald/ GR. Inmitten der wunderbaren Natur und umgeben von den Heilkräften der Wildkräuter, möchte ich mich näher mit der veganen (Rohkost)-Ernährung befassen. Zum Einen möchte ich mich mit wissenschaftlichen Hintergründen auseinandersetzen, zum Anderen die Theorie in Praxis umsetzen und im Selbstversuch die Effekte der Rohkost und Wildkräuter auf das Allgemeinbefinden testen.
Notes about recipe

Wild garlic mustard develops a rich flavor when combined with fresh herbs, ginger, and maple syrup. The addition of white wine is optional.

Servings: We have set this recipe to the maximum number of servings (10) as mustard is usually only used in small amounts. The recipe for this number of servings should yield a little more than 200 grams of wild garlic mustard.

Why a cooked recipe: You do not have to heat any ingredients to make this recipe, but not all of the ingredients are available raw. For example, commercial maple syrup is not currently raw. Since its weight is almost 15 % of the total weight, we have listed this recipe under cooked recipes. If you use a different sweetener, this mustard will then be raw.

Wild garlic: For wild garlic mustard, it is best to use fresh wild garlic since heat alters its sulfurous ingredients, causing it to lose much of its characteristic flavor. If you gather your own fresh wild garlic, you should wash it well before eating. This is important because, depending on where it was picked, the danger of contamination with fox tapeworm eggs (Echinococcus multilocularis) infections cannot be ruled out.

Gathering wild garlic: Wild garlic can be found in almost all of Europe; in Switzerland it is in season from March to May. You have to be careful not to mistake lily of the valley, autumn crocuses, or arum lilies, all extremely poisonous plants, for wild garlic. You can be sure you’ve found wild garlic if the leaves have a strong garlic smell when you rub them together. However, this only helps at the beginning as the smell will stick to your hands. Another possibility is to use leaf identification. Whereas lily of the valley and autumn crocuses have several leaves on one stem, wild garlic has only one leaf per stem.

How the mustard flavor develops: Although yellow mustard has a spicy, sharp, and slightly nutty flavor, mustard seeds do not. The typical mustard flavor develops only after the seeds come into contact with liquids. This contact activates the enzyme myrosinase, which breaks down the glycoside sinalbin, the compound responsible for yellow mustard’s characteristic pungent aroma.

Maple syrup: This concentrated syrup tapped from maple trees is a vegan sweetener that is currently heated during the production process and is therefore not raw. The process came from the Indians who drilled holes in the stems of maple trees and collected the sap that was inside. The sap is then concentrated by cooking and the typical flavor (caramelization of the sugars) then develops. However, since caramelization only takes place at temperatures well above 42 °C, the product is no longer a raw food.

White wine: White wine is made using both red and white grapes that have a pale flesh. The grapes are processed directly after harvesting. Since processing is somewhat more complicated than with red wine and whiter varieties also appeared later, it can be assumed that the first wines were red wines. White wine contains much less histamine than red wine. Histamine can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms in individuals who have an histamine intolerance.

Tips

Grinding mustard seeds: Deep-freezing the mustard seeds before processing makes grinding easier. If you don’t have an electric coffee grinder available, you can instead buy ground mustard seed at a health food store or organic grocery store. However, freshly ground mustard seed has a fuller aroma than preground varieties from the store. And when you grind it yourself, you can decide how fine you want the grind to be.

Alternate preparation

Coarse and hot mustard: If you prefer a more coarse mustard, you can grind some of the mustard seeds less finely. Darker mustard seed will have a stronger flavor and be spicier. To obtain a more intense wild garlic mustard, replace about one-fifth of the yellow mustard seeds with brown or black seeds.

Without white wine: Replace the white wine with two equal amounts of water and white wine vinegar. In this case, the 100 mL of white wine can be replaced with about 50 mL of water and 50 mL of white wine vinegar.

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