Wild Onion Flower

aprilann

Joined August 2011

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Wild onion flower from my garden in Sherman, Texas, USA
I have been waiting for my first wild onion to bloom this spring. Last year I captured one that was so beautiful. So this morning when I found one had bloomed it was a special moment.
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Texas Wild Onions
Wild onions form large beds of plants which drive out other plants. They are most common in cooler weather. The whole plant can be used same as chives, from the bulb to the tips of the green stems.

Larger wild onion stems can become too tough to eat unless they are boiled or stewed for a long time, but they tough ones can be easily determined when harvesting. If they are tough to cut/break then they’ll be tough during eating unless cooked a long time.

The white flowers that they produce can also be eaten and give an interesting appearance to foods when the flowers are left raw. The flowers eventually turn into fairly hard, nut-like seeds that can also be eaten raw or cooked into dishes.

Wild onions can be dried for later use but be warned, if you dry them in a dehydrator your whole house will smell like onions for days.

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