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.
Step 1: Finding and Identifying Wild Leeks
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.