Foraging for wild garlic: how, when and what to watch out for

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The pungent flavour of chaotic ail astir apt evolved arsenic a defence against herbivory, but it doesn’t deter garlic-loving humans, says Sam Wong

By Sam Wong

GDX76B Allium ursinum. Foraging chaotic ail successful an English woodland - spring, UK

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A FEW weeks ago, conscionable extracurricular London, I recovered a foodie jackpot: a spot of wood carpeted pinch chaotic garlic. The achromatic flowers hadn’t yet emerged from their buds, truthful I mightiness not person noticed nan spot if I hadn’t been looking for it. When I past picked chaotic ail successful Cornwall a fewer years ago, nan heady aroma from its blooms was truthful beardown you could hardly miss it.

The works usually called chaotic ail successful nan UK, Allium ursinum (pictured above), tin beryllium recovered each complete Europe and Asia successful damp and shady woodland. It originates to …

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