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Wild Onion and Garlic

Wild Onion and Wild Garlic

Allium species


Allium cernuum is an example of the many species of wild onions and garlics, all easily recognized by their distinctive odor.

Habitat and Distribution

Wild onions and garlics are found in open, sunny areas throughout the temperate regions. Cultivated varieties are found anywhere in the world.

Edible Parts

The bulbs and young leaves are edible raw or cooked. Use in soup or to flavor meat.


There are several plants with onion like bulbs that are extremely poisonous. Be certain that the plant you are using is a true onion or garlic. Do not eat bulbs with no onion smell.

Other Uses

Eating large quantities of onions will give your body an odor that will help to repel insects. Garlic juice works as an antibiotic on wounds.

Steve's notes:

Wild onions and wild garlic have compound in them that are anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal. That, along with the vitamins may explain why they have been used to treat colds and flues.

Wild leeks grow in huge quantities in eastern woodlands. The green leaves are edible, and come up before many other plants. The bulbs can be collected quickly and easily where the soil is soft.


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