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Edible plants no. 2 – Wild garlic


Allium ursinum currently growing in a damp woodland near you.  Also known as ramsons.  As you can see the flowers still haven’t opened as it’s been a bit dry lately.

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Wild garlic as it first appears before flowering

I picked some in the woods yesterday,  in my guise as ye olde wise woman of Bristle, and many people stopped and asked if I was picking mushrooms.

‘No my lovers’ said I, ‘Yer be ramsons’.

‘Oh yes we could smell the garlic, but how do you know which one it is?’   
In reply ye olde wise one handed them a leaf from her basket and said, ‘Here try for yourself.’

‘What are you going to do with it?’

Treat it like chives or garlic, chop it up, make it into pesto, add it into scrambled eggs. ‘  (For an olde wise one I am not very good at punctuating dialogue, so I’ll stop right there)

allium ursinumStrong while they are raw, the taste is very mild when they are cooked.  Pick the small leaves and the flower buds and keep them in a cardboard punnet in the fridge, sprinkled with a bit of water. They should keep a day that way.  If you can’t bend down to grab some, then Riverford Organic Vegetable boxes have them too in the next week or so. I bet there are loads of recipes around.

Ulrike and Lynne have both been baking with these:  Ulrike made ciabatta rolls and Lynne a country loaf – the ingredient of the day!  I joined in the following day :  Here are my wild garlic ciabatta buns and the recipe for them courtesy of Baker Süpke in Thuringen, Germany.

Wikipedia says : Ramsons (Allium ursinum) (also known as buckrams, wild garlic, broad-leaved garlic, wood garlic, sremuš or bear’s garlic) is a wild relative of chives. The Latin name owes to the brown bear‘s taste for the bulbs and habit of digging up the ground to get at them; they are also a favorite of wild boar.

They also make a lovely alternative to garlic in many other dishes as here : Potato Masala Dosa with Wild Garlic

Garden and Woodland Pics for Celia

There are so many little things I want to show you in the garden- here are a few for now.

Celia asked for pictures but I hope anyone else dropping by will  have a quick look!

Snakeshead Fritillary  – my favourite native spring bulb! (fritillaria meleagris) Extraordinary and unique as far as I know

Fritillaria meleagris

Apple blossom any day now – three different sorts on the family tree

From Maureen's garden!

Primroses from my neighbour’s garden. We trade plants and bread!

The Buddha sitting next to the brunnera ‘jack frost’ contemplating irises in leaf

AND down in the woods….

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Swathes of wild garlic (allium ursinum) for Celia!  No bulbs but you can pick the leaves and the white flower heads when they appear in a couple of weeks time.

Celandine and Wood Anenomes (don’t ask me which sort!)  are everywhere right now too!

Oh to be in England now that Spring is there! Or in an Australian garden too, where there will be chocolate cake I am sure :)