Wild garlic, meadow garlic
CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY
- Bulbous herb with characteristic onion or garlic odor;
leaves long, slender, flat or cylindrical and hollow; flowers small, 6-parted,
in a cluster at the top of a naked stem.
- Northern hemisphere, North America and Eurasia.
- Forest and natural areas as native herbaceous plants;
landscape as cultivated perennial; weedy in disturbed areas.
- All parts; bulbs, bulblets, flowers, and stems.
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
- EDIBLE PARTS: Leaves, bulbs and bulblets. Field garlic
(A. vineale) is too strong for most tastes. HARVEST TIME: Only collect
plants from areas you know have NOT been treated with pesticides. Gather
leaves during spring and fall. Gather bulbs in the second year when they
are large enough to use like cultivated onions. Flower stem bulblets are
collected during the summer. SAFE HANDLING PROCEDURES: Wash leaves, bulbs
and bulblets in warm water to remove dirt and debris. Do not use dish detergent
or any type of sanitizer. These products can leave a residue. Use as domestic
onions, for seasoning or raw in salads. Bulbs can be used raw, boiled,
pickled or for seasoning. Their strong taste can be reduced by parboiling
and discarding the water. To freeze onions or garlic, one should coarsely
chop, blanch two minutes, drain, pat dry and place them into plastic bags.
The bulbs can also be dried for use as seasoning. Use flower bulbs to flavor
soup or for pickling. SOURCE: Larson, Ken. 1995. God's Free Harvest, Rhema
Publishing, Inc., Suwanee, GA. 231 pp.
- CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN.
"Poisonous Plants of North Carolina,"
Dr. Alice B. Russell, Department of Horticultural Science; Dr. James
W. Hardin, Botany; Dr. Larry Grand, Plant Pathology; and Dr. Angela Fraser,
Family and Consumer Sciences; North Carolina State University. All
Pictures Copyright @1997Alice B. Russell, James W. Hardin, Larry Grand.
Computer programming, Miguel A. Buendia; graphics, Brad Capel.
Disclaimer: The list of poisonous plants on this web site does
not necessarily include every poisonous plant that is known, or that might
be found in an urban landscape or home. North Carolina State University
does not advise eating any of the plants included in this web site. The
information concerning edibility is taken from the literature, and the
degree of reliability is unknown. We discourage the use of any of these
plants for self medication. In cases of accidental exposure or ingestion,
contact the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222.
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