For me it’s the ransoms that herald the epitomy of spring. Bursting from the deep greens of the woodland floor their waxy white flowers shine starlike in the early light.
The scent can be quite overpowering, my car often carries a strong aroma of garlic after a wander amongst the spring woodlands. As far as I’m aware every part of the plant is very edible with the flowers the perfect accompaniment to salads and chilled drinks. However it’s the tender young leaves that do it for me, carefully wrapped around a small cube of cheddar and eaten freshly picked whilst sitting on the woodland floor.