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

GDX76B Allium ursinum. Foraging wild garlic in an English woodland - spring, UK

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A FEW weeks ago, just outside London, I found a foodie jackpot: a patch of forest carpeted with wild garlic. The white flowers hadn’t yet emerged from their buds, so I might not have noticed the patch if I hadn’t been looking for it. When I last picked wild garlic in Cornwall a few years ago, the heady aroma from its blooms was so strong you could hardly miss it.

The plant usually called wild garlic in the UK, Allium ursinum (pictured above), can be found all over Europe and Asia in damp and shady woodland. It begins to …

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