Get the most out of Wild Garlic

Tulbaghia violacea, better known as wild garlic or society garlic, is a fast-growing, bulbous plant, indigeonous to South Africa. It can be identified by its long, narrow, strap-like, and slightly fleshy leaves. You’ll notice this plant before even spotting it due to another distinctive characteristic: its strong smell. It is ideal for the herb garden, can be used as an edging plant along a pathway, and can also be mass-planted to form a groundcover in sunny or partially shaded positions. Other than its lovely pastel purple or lilac flowers, wild garlic benefits your garden and your health in amazing ways.

Wild Garlic and your Garden’s Health

Wild garlic is ideal for the herb garden, as both the leaves and flowers can be used in delicious salads and other dishes. The strong smell of the plant discourages moles from the garden, ensuring that your garden stays protected from holes made by pesky creatures. Perfect for water-wise gardens, wild garlic benefits your soil as it’s easily maintained in low rainfall areas and it’s very drought tolerant.

Wild garlic benefits your health, too

With so many benefits for your health, it makes sense to pack as much wild garlic into your diet as you can. The noteworthy health benefit of garlic is its effectiveness in reducing blood pressure and, hence, heart disease as well as the risk of stroke. Although all types of garlic have this property, wild garlic has the greatest effect on lowering blood pressure. Improve your vitality with the many other notable wild garlic benefits.

  • Treats Chronic Diseases

The active ingredients in wild garlic can neutralise free radical activity before it leads to cellular mutation and oxidative stress in different parts of the body. As a result, this can help to lower your risk of cancer and other chronic diseases, such as heart disease or even arthritis.

  • Healthy heart, healthy you

Soothing effects on high blood pressure, as we mentioned above, is a headline benefit of consuming wild garlic. Lessen your risk of atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes with this natural healer. Additionally, wild garlic works at lowering cholesterol levels, keeping your heart in good shape as you age.

  • Stomach issues, be gone

Re-balance your gut flora with the antibacterial and anti-fungal compounds found in this wilder form of garlic. Use this benefit to calm inflammation, bloating, cramping, constipation, and other stomach issues you may be experiencing.

  • Decrease aggravations and allergies

Just like the balancing effect the consumption of fresh wild garlic has on the gut, wild garlic helps prevent the intestines from irritations and also offers protection against colds and flu. It helps in the treatment of respiratory infections, because it clears the airways, relieves breathing and decreases coughing.

  • Soothe your skin

Have you ever thought about throwing some wild garlic in the bathtub? It may sound strange but it’s ideal for everyone who suffers from problematic skin, inflammatory infections of the skin, skin irritation, eczema and dermatitis.

  • Lift your spirits with wild garlic benefits

Many people feel the effects of fatigue during seasonal changes, often due to the lack of certain vitamins. Fatigue can be overcome quite quickly with the help of our purple garlic plant. The plant has many important vitamins and minerals in itself.

  • Crush and cure

The crushed leaves of Tulbaghia  may also be used to help cure sinus headaches. The smell from the crushed leaves on the skin may repel unwanted visitors such as fleas, ticks and mosquitoes from irritating you and your furry friends during the summer months.

How to grow and harvest wild garlic

Grow to reap the wild garlic benefits

  • If you’re starting to grow the garlic from their hard black seeds, they are best sown in spring in deep seed trays and can be planted out during their second year. Plant in well-drained soil containing plenty of compost.
  • Wild garlic can also be grown by dividing larger clumps. Once the clumps that have been divided are planted, they should be left undisturbed for as long as possible.
  • The plant’s first flowering can generally be expected in the second or third year.
  • It is seldom that Tulbaghia falls prey to pests and diseases, but keep an eye out for slugs and snails as they can cause considerable damage to the foliage.
  • If you are going to use your garlic in food or for medicinal purposes, rather grow it by organic means and avoid using chemical pesticides and fertilisers.
  • Harvest wild garlic leaves, flowers and stems using scissors. Be extra careful not to damage them as you cut them – they bruise easily. Wild garlic will wilt quickly after picking. So if you’re saving it to eat a day or two later, pop it in a sealed bag in the fridge with a few drops of water. It should keep for a couple of days.

Leaves and flowers may be eaten raw in the form of salads or cooked as an addition to soups, sauces or stews. Leaf flavour begins to drop as the flowers start to bloom. Underground bulbs can also be eaten raw or cooked.

Revitalise, stay healthy and happy with wild garlic grown in your garden. Incorporate these plants into your meals and get a taste of the wild garlic benefits. Add a Tulbaghia violacea to your garden today and shop for more interesting additions here.

** The contents of this blog are for informational purposes only. Please always consult your healthcare professional before using or replacing any medication or supplements.**

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