Species Alliums being edible?

Nhu Nguyen xerantheum@gmail.com
Fri, 05 Apr 2013 09:43:54 PDT
I would say that it's not a good thing to eat wild onions, particularly
because like many other geophytes, it takes so long for them regenerate.
The ones in California takes about 4 years to mature from seeds and I would
not expect any less from the ones in Israel. Perhaps they were eaten more
thousands of years ago was because they were much more common. With that
said, if you want to grow some up in your garden to eat, I'd be really
interested in your assessment of the flavors.


On Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 12:42 AM, Shmuel Silinsky <gardenbetter@gmail.com>wrote:

> There are many species of Allium native here in Israel. Some are endemic. I
> am wondering if all are edible, both as leaf or as bulb.  Obviously flavor
> will vary, even bitterness, but are any poisonous?
> I am especially interested in knowing about Allium aschersonium.  It has a
> large bulb - and I would like to try it as an edible.

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