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I was born on a first nation’s reservation and lived my whole life eating from the wild, although I don’t live on the reservation anymore I have never abandoned the ways of the people.

Wild leeks are an extreme food, they only grow among hard woods they only sprout for a month in the spring, and they can be prepared many ways. You can eat them raw in a salad, you can pickle them for later use, you can cook them and freeze them for later use, you can steam them, boil them in a soup, and you can even fry them. My wife likes it when I go fishing I collect the food clean the food and cook the food and she gets the night off.
 
 
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Step 1: Finding and Identifying Wild Leeks

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I have been fishing for Freshwater Drum. White Fish and Pike off Georgian Bay lately and after fishing I was checking to see if the Wild Leeks and Fiddle heads were up. This year it has been a mild winter and in a mild winter the wild plants come up early. Wild Leeks grow in hardwood bush and fiddle heads grow in swampy arias. Early in the spring the hardwood forest floor is covered in leaves and moss.

This week the Wild Leeks and several flowering plants are sprouting, they grow in clusters between the hardwood trees and nestled among the roots of the trees.

It is important to identify wild plants correctly; Wild Leeks have a dagger shaped leaves, solid green in color with a red and white stem and a white bulbous end with the roots on the end of the bulb.
kitkat81 year ago
I will definitely be searching for these next spring! I already eat mushrooms, fiddleheads, wild carrots, various greens and lovely wild black raspberries when I'm lucky and now I hope to add this to the list of free food I can find!
Josehf Murchison (author)  kitkat81 year ago
Just remember they grow in mixed or hardwood bush not a coniferous bush.

They have a garlic flavor and smell not as hot as garlic.

Joe
quite interesting :D

i too love finding wild foods, growing up in the Australian bush i can recognize quite a few, as long as you keep your eyes open theres a wonderful array of wild foods out there!
so long as you make sure to correctly identify it before eating it!
I gather fiddle heads, wild leeks, mushrooms, berries, fruit, and wild rice when I can.

This does not count the fish and other wild game I eat.

In the past I went to Texas twice a week for my work, while I was there I would walk in the desert picking and eating the wild cactus fruit.

In Ontario the only cactus that grows here is Peyote you can eat it if you want to see pretty pictures it is a hallucinogenic.

Do you have edible cactus down under?
wow interesting!

not that i know of, but i live in the mountains on the east coast so maybe out west they do!

here i can pick Macadamia nuts (delicious but near impossible to crack open)
lilly pillys ( a sour but tangy native berry) a species of rush called matt rush (tastes like boiled greens and golden syrup) sandpaper figs, yams, etc

i also catch native fish when i can :D
CrLz2 years ago
Sweet Instructable. Love wild foods!

I used to live in Yonkers, NY and in the spring you can gather bushels of these from the parks. Nice memories.
Josehf Murchison (author)  CrLz2 years ago
Yonkers, NY I delivered a few loads out that way.
we should get a list of places people have picked Wild leeks as a sourse of survival food Im going to do an instructable on fiddle heads when they come up.
Joe
I've too have been thinking about a fiddle heads ible! If you publish it, I have some photos, comments, etc. I can share. I just moved to Kauai last summer and here there is a wild fern that is edible (~indigenous fiddle head). Maybe I can post a recipe with that particular variety after you post yours.

Love wild foods, though. In NYC there is "Wildman" Steve Brill, who has educational hikes around the area.

I got started on wild foods foraging for asparagus with my mom as a kid.  Read Euell Gibbons's book Stalking the Wild Asparagus and have been interested ever since.  Even did some mushroom foraging.  All good stuff.

Looking forward to your next Instructable!
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Josehf Murchison (author)  CrLz2 years ago
nice pic of fiddle heads we could do a corlabration, I lost all my Picks of fiddle heads last year with the hacking of my computer.
kittywitty2 years ago
Thank you so much for the instructable!

Have yet to taste wild leek, also called ramps, but it is not going to stay that way.

Plan on buying some at a charity plant sale, and hopefully grow my own patch. Try online sources for garden plants/seeds if your locale nursery does not have them available.

Local food coops and natural food stores like trader joe's might carry them when in season. Simply plant the bulb and cook the leaves.
Josehf Murchison (author)  kittywitty2 years ago
New Brighton is that in Calgary AB. or the US.? The reason I ask is there is a number of New Brighton’s and I didn’t recognise Trader Joe's, I goggled them and they have stores in Canada and the US. Also in Ontario the MNR and the OFA are very strict about what can be cultivated or harvested from the wild.

I have collected the seeds of Wild Leeks in southern Ontario I think they don’t like the sun; they grow under Maples Popular and Birch so they only get sun for a week before the trees blossom. They take a couple years to grow to a good size from a seed and I didn’t have a lot of success in trying to cultivate them.

That is bad for a guy that sharecropped Garlic and developed my own hybrid of garlic, had to destroy them they were classed as a monster plant. They were a lot like Purple loosestrife and were very hard to kill in a field.
New Brighton Minnesota. - or Minneapolis St Paul region.

Wild Leeks like moist shady woods, but since they emerge before the trees are fully leaved, partial sun is fine.

I gotten lots of native plants from a distant neighbor last season, and I think I might have some growing in my garden now. ... I know I have nodding onion; which is edible. Will have to wait and see for now. I finally got some metal plant markers, so I won't have to keep guessing what is what.

There is an expensive online site that sells and ships wild foods like wild leeks and fiddle heads... perhaps useful for a chef restaurant, but the prices are out of my league. Its called Marx Foods.

Seems Amazon and other places sell wild leek seeds. Thanks for the heads up on the difficult germination.

Will have to update folks when I eventually do taste them. I know I like my perennial garlic chives, which is often too garlicky for Western palate.
mikeltv12 years ago
I didn't know leeks grew in the wild, maybe next time I go mushroom hunting, I could go look for them. It is quite interesting. Where do you normally find them, like what area? I live in northern Illinois next to a forest and in the winter there wasn't much snow(until a huge snowstorm hit in February). Right now it is mostly cold. Do you think leeks can grow where I live?
Josehf Murchison (author)  mikeltv12 years ago
It’s best to go with someone that has hunted for Leeks before.
They grow in hardwoods step 1 tells you where and when they grow in a forest.
I know the city of Chicago was named after wild leeks (Smelly Place)
Joe
That plate looks wonderful. I've never had wild leeks - this makes me want to go searching for them. :)
Josehf Murchison (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Find someone that has picked them before I grew up picking wild leeks and fiddleheads.
Joe