Species Alliums being edible?

Colleen silkie@frontiernet.net
Fri, 05 Apr 2013 11:47:39 PDT
I looked up your alliums and could not find a single seed or plant source.  Are they only available in the wild? 

I have a perennial garlic that has self-seeded and returned for years, even through minus 20-30F temps.  I don't remember where I bought it, but I think it was billed as Egyptian or top-set garlic.  All I have been able to find on the web just now are similar plants said to be onions.  Mine produce a ball of little garlics and if left unharvested will drop down producing the next year's crop.  I like to harvest the little bullets and have them in a dish to spoon out, sort of like a salt dish.  If anyone is interested I could share some of the little bulbs.  

NE Calif.  

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From: pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Mark BROWN
Sent: Friday, April 05, 2013 10:03 AM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] Species Alliums being edible?

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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