Along with many other deciduous woodlands and river banks Big Wood is awash with wild garlic (ramsons) at this time of year.
It is easy to identify and delicious, and one of my favourite wild foods to forage for. It has a very similar taste to domestic garlic but is slightly milder. The leaves are delicious raw or cooked and work well in salads and soups.
Wild garlic is also an excellent medicine for the digestive tract, helping to keep the heart and circulation healthy. It cleanses the body, balancing the gut flora, and is also an effective remedy for infections. It has been a folk medicine favourite in Europe since the ancient Greeks, its uses in both kitchen and medicine cabinet matching those of its cultivated garlic cousin.
The plants are young and fresh at the moment. Soon they will carpet the woodland floor like in this image taken last spring.