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David



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2005 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sarape, back to one of your questions yesterday--I too pick wild garlic, just discovered it this spring if truth be known. Have been walking the dogs through the little wood lot for 15 years and just thought the leaves were a lovely gentle spring plant! They are protected in some parts of Quebec to stave off extinction there.
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Rainey



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2005 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heather- BEAUTIFUL pic! My mouth is watering!

Do you find your local berries sweet enough? Or has your area succumbed, too, to the make 'em shippable and whatever flavor they've got will have to do? I actually read a story in our Food Section a month or more ago that the California schools that do ag research don't even bother to keep track anymore of the varieties with the best flavor. Not even for home growers. Shocked

We need a more vigorous heirloom/heritage lobby, I think!

I feel lucky that, of the three varieties I planted, one, at least, has excellent flavor. And the other two may be better next year when the plants are more established and vigorous. If not, out they'll come and the first variety will get a lot more garden space! Wink

Anyway, I'm hoping yours are every bit as delicious as they look!
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Sarape



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2005 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The wild garlic that grows here in Bama blossoms with a pink/red flower. The stems grow up to 4-feet long, though I pick them from 2-feet and up.

I let them "rest" in the sun for a few days and they dry and I can peel the dirty skin before cooking/eating.

They like to grow in ditches so they must like water.
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JustMe



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22, 2005 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rainey wrote:
Do you find your local berries sweet enough? Or has your area succumbed, too, to the make 'em shippable and whatever flavor they've got will have to do?
Our local berries are wonderful. I live within a 5 minute drive of probably half a dozen pick your own strawberry farms. We don't really ship our fruit elsewhere...as far as I know. Some of the farms south of us have berries that ripen earlier so they do ship those...but mostly within the province...at least as far as I know.
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David



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What we call wild garlic (ail de bois) is a short full leafed, (like a tulip) woods loving plant and is one of the earlier spring growths. The very fragrant single bulb is white and about the size of a green onion bulb. Very different from the lovely creature described by Sarape.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone had garlic scapes?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I've tried garlic scapes, they are available from a local garlic grower who pickles them and suggests them for salads. Personally I wasn't all that fussed up about them, but others seem to enjoy them immensely.
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