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Wild Onions anybody?
Posted: 16 May 2011 10:02 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Me and my lady went wondering round’ the property today and low and behold we stumbled across some believe it or not wild onions! or at least thats the conclusion we came to, they have a strong aroma of onion and look just like green onions but alot smaller in diameter, i did a little research but not much and was wondering if anybody on here harvests wild onions on a regular basis, im pretty sure they are onions but you know how it is, dont wanna eat nuthin i aint 100% bout! so any info would be extremely helpful! happy foraging folks!

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Posted: 17 May 2011 08:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I don’t know, but I supsect what you found goes by the name of wild leeks or ramps.  Here’s a webpage with some decent info:
http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Plants.Folder/Ramp.html
Note the warning about Lily of the Valley, if you are going to keep foraging for them. 
Congrats on your find.

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Posted: 17 May 2011 11:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thanx for the info and i will definitly keep an eye out 4 those, but i dont think thats what we found, the “onions” we found dont have the thick leaves like the ramps do and the bulb is a lil different, the onions we picked have a singular flower that is unopened at the top of the onion, and they have a strong onion aroma, ill see if i can get some pics on here and that might help too, keep the info flowing folks!

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Posted: 17 May 2011 03:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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yea umm…. I just ate some of those onions….. and they were absolutly incredible! they have way more flavor and i imagine good health qualities, I have a few more things to take of but u best believe ima goin out to pick the rest of those beautiful babies! i did a lil more research and I am alomost positive they are “prairie onions” but not 100% as there are a few other suspects that might fit the profile. one thing is for sure though it is part of the allium family(onions) and it is edible!mmmmmm mmmm..

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Posted: 18 May 2011 03:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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this is for all u foragers out there that might forage for these wild onions, be sure and i mean absolutly sure that u do not pick or eat what is called the “death lily” or also called “death camas”, it looks pretty similar to wild onions but has no onion aroma and so forth, and there supposedly has been cases of people ingesting them with the end result being fatal, hence the name “death lily”. so anybody looking to get into wild onions KNOW YOUR PREY! as for myself i will be looking alot more into this topic surely shirley!

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Posted: 19 May 2011 09:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I have a feeling this may be what you found….

http://www.wildcrafting.net/forage/plant/9/

God knows I’m over run with the darn things around here..

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Posted: 20 May 2011 12:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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G u are the man…..or wait woman…. i dont know but either way u are darn right thats exactly what we found, im thinkin of pickin bout half of em and freezing them and so on, they are very tasty and so much more meaningful when u forage the very same foods found in grocery stores, heck with my hunting, fishing, foraging, and gardening, it almost seems as my family and I eat most of the year for free!!!! self-sustainabilty is awesome!!!!

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Posted: 12 June 2011 12:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Oh yea folks! we got a mess o’ onions and are cuttin em up and dehydrating half and freezing half! and MMMmmm they are definitley a mainstay in our kitchen!! I actually think they have a stronger flavor and aroma then store bought or fresh garden onions too!! Any of ya’ll had any luck findin’ wild onions????

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