Definition: Wild garlic is a bulbous, perennial plant which grows wild in damp woodlands, and often found in fenlands or near water drainage ditches. Wild garlic can be found throughout Europe.
Wild garlic can be found from late January to late Spring. All parts of the plant (bulb, leaves and flowers) are edible, and, as the name implies, has a distinctive flavor of garlic though not as heavy or pungent. If you are foraging for wild garlic it does resemble Lily of the Valley plants but one rub of the leaves will identify which is which as the former will give off a garlic scent.
The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. They make a useful addition to bland foods such as a cream or cottage cheese or used in a sauce for a background hint of garlic. My favorite way is to add it finely chopped to mashed potato and served with roast lamb or other meats. It is also delicious added to a bowl of salad. The bulbs can be used in a similar way to garlic cloves but the flavor is less pronounced.
Also Known As: Alium Ursinum, ramsons, bear's garlic, devil's garlic, gypsy's onions and stinking Jenny