Family - Devriel
Wild Garlic - the miracle plant
This wild plant enjoyed a picture book career :

° Baerlauch tastes like garlic , but it does not smell.

° Trendy kitchnes cannot do without it.

° Scientists know : This ancient cult plant is truly miraculous. It is rich in ethereal oil , vitamin C ,  
   iron , amino acids and fructose.

The name " Baerlauch " stems from the Walisian Kelts who ate it before an impending battle. The Kelts believed, that its consumption would give them the strength of a bear. And, as history tells us, they were not wrong ! Plants named after a bear (" Baer " in the German language ) were in historic times valued as having strong healing powers. Also, because the bear, being instinctively competent in the knowledge of plants, broke the power of winter with his strength and emerged from his long sleep, ready to feed on fresh, healthy green plants. After eating his fill of emerg
ing Baerlauch he was ready to be his way :" Strong as a bear " Therefore, in order to share this miraculous " bear power ", Europeans traditionally eat Baerlauch at the beginning of spring.

Used in soups, with Canneloni, meat or fish, freshly chopped Bearlauch tastes similar to garlic ( Ramsons ) however, the taste is more refined. And another advantage : Baerlauch does not cause the dreaded bad garlic breath.
Some printable recipes can be found at  dg1oby @ freenet.de ( Should you have a favourite recipe you would like to share, please send it to the same address. )
Well, for home gardeners Baerlauch was always an unusual, exotic plant. Until recently, seeds, as well as plants, were hard to find. For this reason Baerlauch was cultivated in the olden days by only a few real garden enthusiasts. Today, summer after summer, Baerlauch has become a trendy ingredient in modern, health conscious cuisine. Baerlauch seed can now be obtained in just about any good garden centre or seed store.   Sometimes one can even find commercially packaged dried Baerlauch leaves, but prices are astronominal.

Note: Like with any other bulbous plant, the earliest possible harvest should happen in the following year.
English  translation by  " Nature boy  Peter Dumlich Canada " ( C )  2011