Table Talk: Gillian Veal on local wild garlic

Parlour Café owner on Dundee's essential wild grown ingredient

Table Talk: Gillian Veal on local wild garlic

Gillian Veal / credit: Dylan Drummond

'I first came across Dundee’s wild garlic about eight years ago, when a young customer of The Parlour asked me if I would like to buy some from him. He had picked, washed and packaged up the vibrant green leaves. I bought a few leaves and it’s such a great ingredient that we have been using it every year since.

We simply use it in place of garlic bulbs whenever possible and we treat it as a herb in our salads and savoury dishes. My personal favourite way to use the leaves is to finely chop it into a chedder omelette or blend it into a pesto and pour over grilled goat’s cheese. The flowers are edible and look so delicate and pretty in a salad or for a simple garnish.

You can source it from local suppliers from mid-March through to July, but I find so many people bring it to me I never need to.'

Gillian Veal is the owner of The Parlour Café and Folk Café.

Folk Café

118 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4HE

Opened in 2014, Folk Cafe is the big sister of local favourite The Parlour. The light, airy entrance drops into a vaulted basement where local artists' work is on display alongside a fairy-lit fig tree and a sideboard groaning with cakes. The food…

The Parlour Café

58 West Port, Dundee, DD1 5ER

The Parlour Café is always popular, as you can tell by the steamed up windows when you walk past. A tiny whitewashed rough brick place with only half a dozen small tables, it is nonchalantly trendy, and is extremely popular with the uni’s cooler…


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