A Brightness Of Wild Garlic


Today, up on the Linden Field, I found the wild garlic is all set to flower. I’d rather forgotten about  harvesting the leaves. Now there is a lush Ramsons verge the entire length of the lime tree avenue. And there are carpets of them too along the old railway embankment and in the woods below Windmill Hill. It’s not too late to gather the leaves either, though best to be picky and opt for the newest growth. The flowers can be used too, cooked in soups or raw in salads and pesto sauce. Both leaves and flowers are fairly mild in flavour and consumption provides the added benefit of pepping up the constitution since they are rich in vitamins K and C. The only drawback for many is the smell. It can be especially pungent on warm afternoons and earned it names such as Stinking Nanny and Stink Bomb. But garlicky odours aside, the freshly opening flowers do a fine job, creating their own terrestrial starscapes, lighting up the woods and shady peripheries.

Bright Square #26

18 thoughts on “A Brightness Of Wild Garlic

  1. We just seem to get the three cornered leek here, and they are so difficult to remove from the garden. You can eat them, rather like a spring onion, but boy do they smell too!

    1. Ah, yes. It’s on the next page after wild garlic in Richard Mabey’s ‘Flora Britannica’. He says it was introduced from the Western Mediterranean in 1752, and then began to escape all over the South West. It’s also heading our way.

      1. I definitely have late May in mind for wild garlic, but there again I haven’t been out walking in woods for years in the spring so maybe it is my memory playing tricks

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