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Allium Hollandicum - edible?

georgie86georgie86 Posts: 2

I planted some Allium Hollandicum "purple sensation" last year and they are just coming into bloom. Can anyone tell me if these plants are edible?

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,926

    Why would you want to?

    Try onion or garlic.

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  • georgie86georgie86 Posts: 2

    Wild garlic is delicious and I was hoping that it might be possible to use other alliums in the same way, in salads, soups etc

  • Invicta2Invicta2 Posts: 663

    I don't think any Alliums are poisonous [that is to humans, we are unusual as they are very poisonous to most mammals including cats and dogs] but I think there is a very good reason our ancestors chose onions, leeks and garlic to eat - they taste better.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,156

    You can sprinkle the flower heads in salads, but I use chive flowers for that. The leaves are already going over. Given the cost of  purple sensation, I would let the leaves die down to make the bulbs stronger for next year..   They make good cut flowers for the house if you have excess.

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