As long as the snow cover isn’t too deep field garlic can be found throughout the winter. Field garlic can be found in the fall, winter, and spring but goes dormant in the summer making it difficult to find. Field garlic is much smaller than store bought garlic, think baby garlic! It is so small it can often be passed by as many people mistake field garlic as a clump of taller grass.
Field garlic is usually found in open lawns, pastures, and around tree edges. When you locate a tall clump of what could be garlic or grass check the leaves. Check the leaves to determine the difference, field garlic tops or leaves are round and tubular whereas blades of grass are flat. If you still aren’t sure then use your nose. Smell the clump, grass won’t smell like much and if its garlic, well it will smell like garlic!
Field garlic and field onions look very similar, again use your nose to determine which is which. If you can’t determine what is what, don’t worry they are both edible.
Once you find your field garlic, dig up a bunch, wash clean and use like regular garlic. Field garlic tops can be eaten as well, think wild chives!
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