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Seasonal observations of the UCCE Master Gardeners
by Kate Douglas
on April 6, 2014 at 7:09 PM
I've got wild onions all over my yard, and I actually think they're pretty, so I don't worry about them spreading. What I can't find out though, is whether or not they're edible. Do you know?  
thank you!
by Erin Mahaney
on April 6, 2014 at 7:51 PM
No, I don't know if they are edible. One thing I've learned, however, is that "wild onion" can mean different things to different people (different species, etc.) so it is always best to check with an expert before trying it.
by mary bentine
on April 28, 2014 at 2:30 PM
Wild onion to all of you who love nature.  
Snip the flowers and buds once they appear,  
that at least limits proliferation.  
Then you can take 1 square metre at a time and systematically dig up bulbs.  
Repeat as they appear up.  
I would not worry about stalks unless they contain buds.  
Parts can be isolated in a container and let deteriorate into compost or use as a fertilizer tea.  
Gradually claim back space, but keep vigilant.  
If they grow on the edge of paths, be careful you do not walk on buds or flowers. You just get the process off again.  
Cheers. Little by little, but be vigilant as per vacated space.  
They can be used for soup, salad, or juicing. Not too much.  
Wild Onion.
by Joseph
on September 28, 2014 at 5:07 PM
yes, they are edible. put some oil in the pan and bring to heat.chop them into small 1-2cm and stir fry until soft, then add some salt .done.
by ted weber
on April 7, 2016 at 8:05 PM
There are edible Japanese restaurants will pay five dollars a bucket for the flowers.
on February 20, 2017 at 2:17 PM
I feel your pain. I've been fighting them for 30 years in Western Sonoma county. They are pretty but my goodness they're prolific. Every season I win the battle but alas, I'm afraid, I will lose the war.
by Jack Fallin
on January 24, 2023 at 5:02 PM
I live in Walnut, but I was drawn to your photo of my sworn enemy. I suspect that these little devils spread both by corming from the bulb [because they do clump] and by seed. I've reached the same conclusion - the only answer is to dig them up. This year, because I'd heard they are not fond of acid, I'm adding some white vinegar after I get most of the clump up - we'll see if that helps. While eating your enemies was long thought to add vigor, I'm not sure I'm ready to allow them even that much credit.  
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