In early Spring, before
the lawns need mowing, Wild Garlic appears. This early-to-rise wild plant
is said to have healthful qualities.
It may aid in digestive disorders,
or cause them. Depending on your tolerance for cultivated Onions, you may
want to try a single Bulb or Leaf (Wild Garlic Top) before you freeze a
When it approaches 12" tall,
and Spring Fever forces you out of the house, take a scissors with you
and try some. Cut it off near the ground. Then grasp it near the center
and briskly slap the cut ends against your hand to remove grass and other
Then grasp it by the cut ends
and slap the tips to remove debris from the tops. Last, cut the tops off
so you are left with 4" lengths as shown above. Wash it in a bowl of water
and remove any remaining debris.
If you also want to try the underground
Bulbs, just dig them up with a Trowel after you remove the tops. This makes
it much easier to handle the tops. Then wash the Bulbs and remove the Roots
and Skins until you get down to the snowy white Bulbs.
You can try it raw or cooked.
It can be put in Salads, Soups or Sandwiches, just like you would use Onions.
But be warned that depending on the soil and weather conditions it may
be VERY flavorful.
To prepare the tops for Freezing,
drop them into boiling water for 1 minute. Then remove them into cold water
and pack them in Freezer bags with the air removed. A Soda Straw can be
used to suck the air out of the Freezer Bags.
You may want to add Frozen Wild
Garlic to wild Milkweed which grows much later
in the season.