Species Alliums being edible?

Mark BROWN brown.mark@wanadoo.fr
Fri, 05 Apr 2013 10:02:43 PDT
Dear All,
I have introduced Allium ursinium in the parts of the garden dedicated to wild food.
I enjoy its' mild flavour of late in salads and a few leaves thrown in with pasta as it is cooking.
You can make a great sort of pesto from its leaves which keeps well.
Allium vineale is wild here and makes a good addition as a wild vegetable.
I have grown A. oleraceum but this becomes too much except in the wildest places.
A. ampeloprasum is quite a delicious alternative to garlic!
A. senecens is grown for its' edibility but I have yet to try it!
A. sativum ophioscorodon is just a curiosity. A. cepa aggregatum is a bit fiddly to use.
Kind regards,

> Message du 05/04/13 18:44
> De : "Nhu Nguyen" 
> A : "Pacific Bulb Society" 
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> Objet : Re: [pbs] Species Alliums being edible?
> 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.
> Nhu
> On Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 12:42 AM, Shmuel Silinsky 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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