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A weed by any other name

A weed by any other name, snowbell Garlic or onion weed salsa
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A weed by any other name, snowbell Garlic or onion weed salsa
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If we called a weed by any other name would we regard it with the same distain? Allium Triquetrum has triangular (-tri) cornered (-quetrum) leaves and flower stems. These features readily distinguish it from the other species in the Allium genus. Three-cornered leek or garlic, Angeld onion, Triangular garlic and Snowbell garlic which sounds much prettier, could calling Onion weed Snowbell Garlic make this wild edible sound more appealing?

The bulbs, stems, leaves and blooms can all be consumed, making this very verstile wild food a great addition to your pantry whether camping or at home. In spring the snowbell like flowers bloom, add these to a salad or salsa for a delicate onion flavour. Stems and leaves can be used in place of spring onions in salads, pestos or stirfries or added to savoury baked dishes like Kuku, or my favourite Wild Green Pie. Little pearly white bulbs develop in summer, perfect for preserving as tiny pickled onions or add to a relish or  piccallilli.

Rustic Campsite Salsa

This simple salsa is perfect way to use onion weed, which is easy to find in many campsites.

Ingredients:

  • Tomatoes
  • Lemon
  • Avocado
  • Chilli
  • Onion weed – leaves, flowers and stems
  • Garlic
  • Coriander or basil
  • Seasoning

Method:

Wash onions weeds, pick flowers off stems. Finely chop stems and leaves

Dice tomatoes, avocado and coriander, add these to a bowll and season with salt and pepper, coat in lemon juice and mix.

Finely dice chilli, remove seeds if preferred, add to salsa.

If new to using onion weeds, just add the flowers, otherwise sprinkle some sliced stems and leaves, stir and taste.

Serve with corn chips or crackers, preferable with friends in some sunshine.