Wild garlic is a wonderful gift we have on the farm! It’s tasty and FREE! Do you have wild garlic or wild onions? Not sure? Let me help you identify IF you have wild garlic or onions. Plus I’ll share some tasty ways to use wild garlic!
I learned about wild garlic while visiting a friend in Kentucky several years ago. We were in her backyard touring her garden and I kept smelling the faint scent of onions. I asked her to show me the onions she planted and she said there were none.
Now I have a pretty good sniffer and insisted that I was smelling onions! It dawned on her that we were crushing the wild garlic that was growing freely throughout her backyard. Wild Garlic? I had to know more.
Once she told me that this free gift was just sitting there, truly ripe for the picking, well, I had to ask if I could take some home. “Take as much as you want” was the reply.
I took loads.
Once home I dehydrated them and this began my love of wild garlic! I use them as anyone would use chives. Fresh or dehydrated they can be used in the same way as chives. Sprinkle on baked potatoes, chop up and toss on top of a scrambled egg or omelet. Use them in salads or toss in with veggies. But my favorite use is to take some of our dehydrated sour cream powder, dehydrated wild garlic and a pinch of citric acid and make a sort of sour cream and onion powder… like the kind your taste on sour cream and onion chips! I use this powder on french fries, homemade potato chips and even popcorn!
How can you tell the difference between wild garlic and wild onion? Check out the video to see the difference!
So we’ve learned that wild garlic, when picked, is shaped like a straw while wild onion is flat with no tube. Most places have wild garlic. Remember to be SURE to smell the stalk you pick. It MUST have a mild onion smell otherwise do NOT eat it! As always if you are unsure of anything ~ just don’t do it.
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