ONION WEED

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Feature Foraging Weeds -

Al­lium tri­quetrum

ALSO KNOWN AS: three-cor­nered leek or three-cor­nered gar­lic DIS­TRI­BU­TION: through­out NZ in gar­dens, parks, rub­bish dumps and road­sides of­ten in colonies, pre­fer­ring shade ABOUT: this is a peren­nial with small white bulbs un­der­ground and grass-like leaves that smell dis­tinctly like onion when crushed. A de­light­ful white, bell-shaped flower with green stripes emerges in spring. This may be seen as a trou­ble­some plant but it dies down com­pletely in sum­mer. USES: when it emerges in au­tumn it can be eaten in soups and chopped up in scram­bled eggs. Be­ing in the onion fam­ily, it is an­timi­cro­bial and con­tains sul­phur – giv­ing it the ‘onion’ smell – which acts as a di­ges­tive sys­tem tonic and stim­u­lates the cir­cu­la­tory sys­tem. It also con­tains chloro­phyll, fi­bre, an­tiox­i­dants, vi­ta­mins and min­er­als.

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