Wild Onion – Edible Wild Plants
Wild onion is one of the easiest foraging plants to identify and harvest. The wild onion is edible in its entirety from bulb to flower petal. By cooking the onions complex carbohydrates apart an additional 9X calories can be made available, in fact, any plant that smells like an onion or a garlic and LOOKS like an onion or a garlic is edible. If you do not smell a garlic or an onion odor beware you might have a similar-looking toxic plant.
Beware of Crows Poison, it is a look-alike plant that can cause pain and discomfort. Only wild onion smells like onion. If it smells like onion it is safe to eat, if it just smells like grass/chemicals it is toxic Crows Poison.
Identifying wild onions seems fool-proof. If you find a wild onion and you can smell the characteristic onion smell, then you’re good to start chomping down. If you accidentally chomp down before smelling it, you should taste a difference and know something is not right and spit it out.
Onions, garlic, leeks, and shallots, including their wild forms, are all part of the Allium or onion genus. They are very nutritious and can help keep you safe from cancers and heart disease. The whole plant is edible. This video shows us how to identify and pick wild onions that can be used as edible food or add flavor and nutrients to our foods.
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