3 cups of firmly-compressed chickweed tops
3/4 cup raw cashews
3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt to taste – probably about ½ a teaspoon pepper

  1. Chop your chickweed across the stem so that it ends up in sections no more than 2cm long.
  2. Put one cup of the chickweed into a blender along with the oil, vinegar and lemon juice. Add about a tablespoon of water and blend until you have a consistent texture (but not until smooth). If it’s not happening add a little more water or oil (very gradually).
    Tip: You’ll need to stop the blender every few seconds, take the lid off and give everything a stir. This stops you ending up with puree on the bottom and unblended leaves sitting on top.
  3. Add the garlic and the cashews, then give the blender a few pulses until they break up very roughly.
  4. Add the rest of the chickweed, and the salt and pepper. Blend until all the chickweed is broken down, but stop while you still have a nice chunky pesto – see the TIP in step 2. If it still won’t blend, add a dash more of whichever of the liquids your taste-buds tell you is missing.