This Spring we are going all out to celebrate the season by creating some new flavoursome dishes inspired by the wild ramsons of Skipton Castle Woods.

Skipton Castle Woods, located just a few minutes away from Alexander’s, is an example of one of England’s rare ancient woodlands and each spring, it is carpeted with an abundance of aromatic wild ramsons, more commonly known as wild garlic.

Our fabulous acting head chef, Luke Dawson explained, “we approached the Woodland Trust who manage the woodland, to ask if we could sustainably forage wild garlic from a restricted area to use in our kitchen. Taking advantage of the wild food on our doorstep helps us all to appreciate and understand the versatility of seasonal produce. Unlike common cultivated garlic it is the leaves that are eaten rather than the bulbs. Wild garlic leaves have a delicate flavour, similar to chives.”

We are also delighted to confirm that Alexander’s has made a donation to the Woodland Trust to help support the delivery of its Willow Lantern Walk later this year. The Willow Lantern Walk is a beautiful, evocative event which many of our customers, their families and furry companions really enjoy.

For guidelines on how to forage safely please visit:

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/things-to-do/foraging/foraging-guidelines/