allium ursinum.. eh…? allium triquetrum

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This is wild garlic. It is the ultimate in free food. You’ll find it in most hedgegrows and damp woodlands. Go and grab yourself a little clump… a *little* clump I said! Plant it in and around the base of some hedges, near a ditch or a damp patch.

Around this time it is a simple blanket of white flowers. And so very pretty. You’ll know it because the beautiful waft that will come your direction…. will let you know.

Here’s the low-down so I don’t bore you to absolute botanical tears

  • it’s related to this little beauty, the Allium rosenbachianum 😯
  • it’s also related to supermarket garlic clove, the Allium sativum
  • the difference here is the leaf is used for the flava’.
  • because of that you can crop away to your hearts content, forever!
  • it tastes a lot milder
  • great substitute for garlic & spring onions & you won’t be ‘stinky breath’ 😆

Unknowns to most all of the photos above look the same… maybe? What you have is two brothers than can do the same job. Because for thr purest, there are two types of plant in those 6 images. The wider leafed single flower is the Ramsons or Allium ursinum….. images number 4,5 & 6. While the ‘3 cornenerd leek or the Allium triquetrum is more grass like in leaf and the flowers come in little clusters [rather than in singles] – see images 1,2 & 3.

A little ode to Calvin for reminding me all about this… funny how he managed to do so… 🙂

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4 replies
  1. Susan
    Susan says:

    Wow, Peter, my kind of post! Where I’m from their called ‘ramps’. If you’re ever in West Virginia in the springtime (I know–isn’t everyone?!) you must must must get to a Ramps Festival. Yum!! Richwood claims to be the ‘Ramp Capitol’ of the US (one look at their website and you can almost smell’em…)
    http://www.richwooders.com/ramp/ramps.htm
    Ooooh, I’m homesick now. Thanks for stinky memories!

  2. Bngr
    Bngr says:

    This reminds me, they had garlic in the display of foods from Henry VIII’s reign in Hampton Court Palace at the wk end. I never realised garlic grew this side of the world back then. As far as I remember garlic came from Italy about 1991 along with pasta that wasn’t spaggetti.

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