how to distinguish them for sure?

garlic the bear is an edible wild plant that blooms in spring undergrowth. Particularly tasty, it enjoys growing popularity among gourmet pickers and nature therapists. However, be careful as the leaves of wild garlic, lily of the valley and colchicum belong to the grass family and look similar especially before flowering. So to avoid a mistake that can lead to fatal poisoning in the most serious cases, find out how you can properly separate them during harvesting.

Everything you need to know about wild garlic

wild garlic (Allium ursinum) is an onion-like wild plant with a height of 15 to 40 cm. Its main feature is its aroma and taste is close to garlic in our kitchen, less pronounced. Perennial, wild garlic covers the ground and develops rapidly in a flower bed from late February and blooms until early June. He also favors in areas with moist, shady, cool ground or near a creek.

This “wild garlic” is propagated by the seeds produced by the flowers. That is why it is important Practice a sound collection so that it does not harm its reproduction. Generally, pick a moderate amount when picking, and never tear the plants with their roots. The harvest season ends with the first flowers, and the leaves become less tasty.

wild garlic in bloom
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Wild garlic has many health benefits. Appreciated for its leaf-centered cleansing properties, it soothes intestinal ailments, abdominal pain and swelling. Thanks to its great taste it becomes a delicious pesto, marinade, spice, greased or dried spread and goes well with fish. You can also make canned food or freeze the leaves whole or previously chopped. Always clean the leaves with clean water before eating or freezing. A little tip: never cook wild garlic because the heat destroys its aromas. Preferably chopped in a container or mixed directly with the preparation.

Identify wild garlic

Its long oval leaves are soft, soft green, fine, sharp, shiny at the top and matte at the bottom. The white, star-shaped flowers consist of six oval petals. When cut, the stalk of wild garlic is semi-cylindrical.

To remove the suspicion, wrinkle the sheet gently between your fingers. The special scent of wild garlic is released immediately. Another way to avoid confusion is to pick: prefer cut sheet by sheet and not your arms so you don’t mix vegetables. By poisoning centerIf you experience abdominal pain, indigestion, vomiting, or diarrhea during the hours following your ingestion, it could be a bout of poisoning or thrush. If in doubt, do not wait and contact the nearest poison control center immediately.

Wild garlic, colchique and lily of the valley
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Recognize the pillar and the colony

Kielo and colchicum grow at the same time as wild garlic and also appreciate moist and semi-shady soil. The leaves of these two plants resemble the leaves of wild garlic, however their toxicity makes them unfit for consumption. Ingestion of high doses can cause life-threatening heart damage. So be very vigilant and learn to recognize their special traits.

For example, the ban consists of two leaves that are quite thick and stiff to the touch, one of which is wrapped around the other. Its flower stalk with white bells does not exceed the leaves and their height varies from 10 cm to 20 cm. Finally, its base consists of rhizomes and its stem is round when cut.

Colchicum leaves are less flexible than wild garlic, as well as round brown onions. Its leaves emerge in three or four around the short stem and appear to come straight from the ground. The leaf can be up to 40 cm high, the end ends in rounding. The stem is also round in cut and its pink flowers do not appear until autumn.