Wild Garlic/Onions
These similar Plants grow wild in Lawns and Fields of the United States. The Leaves and Bulbs can be used in many Recipes calling for Garlic or Onions. The flavor may vary with the Seasons and location.

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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 bushel.

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 debris.

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.

 
As Autumn arrives the Wild Garlic gets a pretty bloom on a slender stem which may approach 3 feet tall. Under the right conditions, this Bloom will turn to a Seed Head much like the one shown above right, which contains over 100 seeds.

If you go out just after an April Shower, you may be able to pull out clumps of Wild Garlic without the aid of a Trowel or Shovel. 

Just twist the tops clockwise as you pull gently, so you don't break off  individual tender stems.
 

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