Wild Garlic on your Doorstep
In Zurich, wild garlic grows virtually on the doorstep from March through to May. Here food lovers can find out where to pick it and which restaurants serve dishes with this flavorsome herb.

The Wild Garlic Season in Zurich

Spring has arrived when the forests in and around Zurich smell of wild garlic. Many restaurants serve delicious wild garlic creations, ranging from risotto to pizzas to bratwurst sausages.

When in spring the aroma of garlic hangs in the air in and around Zurich, it is a sure sign that the wild garlic season has arrived. This plant is related to chives, garlic and onion. Thanks to its intensive aroma and common occurrence, the leaves are often used for cooking delicious dishes such as risotto, bratwurst sausages or soups, which are then served up in Zurich’s households and restaurants. Many amateur cooks and professional gastronomes pick their supply themselves, for in Zurich you do not have to go far to find it. Whether jogging, walking the dog or enjoying an excursion with the children, all you need to do is follow your nose.

Incidentally, wild garlic is said to aid digestion and reduce blood pressure. So off you go and forage for some fresh wild garlic yourself! It can be found between March and May in the following locations in Zurich:

  • Uetliberg
  • Rigiblick
  • Zürichberg
  • Käferberg
  • Werd island

But a word of caution! Wild garlic closely resembles lily of the valley, which is poisonous! So it is advisable to gently tear a leaf or rub it with your hands: if they smell of garlic, you have found the right plant. Be sure to wash your hands afterwards, for otherwise they will smell of garlic for a long time to come. Those who do not want to pick and cook their own wild garlic can simply take a seat in any of the following restaurants. They serve this specialty in the form of delectable culinary creations ranging from cordon bleu to pizza.

Home-made garlic pesto:
(makes ca. 350g pesto)

  • 100g freshly picked wild garlic
  • 50–80g pine nuts
  • 60g grated Parmesan
  • 1–1.5 dl rapeseed or olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • optional: lemon juice [W1] 

To prepare: Thoroughly wash the wild garlic, pat it dry with kitchen paper, then coarsely chop. Purée or grind with a pestle & mortar the pine nuts together with the Parmesan, oil and ½ tsp salt to make a paste. Season with pepper and add lemon juice to taste.

Wild Garlic Bratwurst


In the spring, the popular Zeughauskeller in the heart of the city specially creates a wild garlic bratwurst sausage.
Wild Garlic “Schupfnudeln”


At Tibits, the menu features vegan “Schupfnudeln” (potato dumpling fingers) with wild garlic, as well as other vegetarian wild garlic specialties.
Cordon Bleu with Wild Garlic


Besides veal cordon bleu with wild garlic, the Kantorei treats guests to risotto or ravioli with wild garlic.
Pizza with Wild Garlic Pesto

Restaurant Totò

This Italian restaurant in the Seefeld quarter serves wild garlic – how could it be otherwise – as pesto on a delicious pizza.
Wild Garlic Risotto

Uto Kulm

The Uto Kulm presents a creamy wild garlic risotto – with a magnificent view of the city thrown in for free.
Wild Garlic Salziz

Restaurant Wilder Mann

At the Wilder Mann, guests can look forward to wild garlic salsiz and other delicious wild garlic creations.
Wild Garlic Gnocchi

Restaurant Parkhuus

How about trying some tasty wild garlic gnocchi? This is on offer at the Restaurant Parkhuus, housed in the Hotel Hyatt close to Lake Zurich.
Wild Garlic Butter


Of course the wild garlic butter at the Belcanto is not served on its own, but gently melting on the top of a succulent sirloin steak. Mmmm …
Wild Garlic Pesto

Jucker Farm

The staff at Jucker Farm pick wild garlic and use it in delicious pestos and other dishes.
Wild Garlic Vinaigrette

Restaurant Baltho

Lukewarm asparagus salad with a wild garlic vinaigrette, served with a one-hour egg – pure poetry for your ears and stomach.
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Atzmännig Bergrestaurant

In spring, many regional products and specialties made using wild garlic can be purchased in the Bergrestaurant in the Atzmännig leisure region.
Buy Wild Garlic

Globus Delicatessa

Brie, veal bratwurst, pâtés, terrines, pesto, fresh ravioli – and all of them flavored with wild garlic. What more could your taste buds wish for?

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