Species Alliums being edible?

Shmuel Silinsky gardenbetter@gmail.com
Fri, 05 Apr 2013 00:42:19 PDT
Hi all,

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. A couple of thousand
years ago there were a lot more Alliums eaten here, and those that need  no
extra irrigation are of great interest.

By the way, scallions are said to have been brought to Europe by returning
Crusaders and named for the city they grew near - Ashkelon.  At least that
is the tour guide story. I don't remember. I was too young.


Shmuel Silinsky
Jerusalem Israel
Zone 9 wet winter - dry summer

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