Ransoms Allium Ursinum Buckrams Wild garlic


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Allium ursinum __Å known as ramsons, buckrams, wild garlic, broad-leaved garlic, wood garlic, bear leek or bear's garlic __Å is a wild relative of chives native to Europe and Asia. The Latin name is due to the brown bear's taste for the bulbs and its habit of digging up the ground to get at them; they are also a favourite of wild boar.

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Culinary and medicinal use

Allium ursinum_¢is an excellent companion plant in the garden, it grows well with most plants and seems to positively affect their health and their ability to resist pests and diseases. It does not seem to grow so well with plants in the pea and bean family, however, with many gardeners noticing reduced growth and vigour in both species.

All parts of this plant are edible in quantity when it is in season. The leaves are delicious raw or cooked and can be harvested as early as the middle of January in mild winters. They have a distinct garlic flavour, though are milder than garlic cloves, and really add something special to a winter salad. When cooked, they are normally used as a flavouring in soups, stews etc, though can be used like spinach.

Allium ursinum

As the flowers begin to open in the middle of spring, the leaves start to lose their vitality. At this time transfer your attention to the flowers, using them in exactly the same way as the leaves. They have a somewhat stronger flavour and make a decorative and very tasty addition to salads. The flowering heads can still be eaten as the seed pods are forming, though the flavour gets even stronger as the seeds ripen.

From the health perspective, wild garlic has most of the benefits of the cultivated garlic,_¢Allium sativum. It is therefore a very beneficial addition to the diet, promoting the general health of the body when used regularly. It is particularly effective in reducing high blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels.

The juice of the plant has been used as a general household disinfectant and has antibacterial and antifungal properties, as well as antioxidant properties, that protect against free radicals. It may activate macrophages to reduce the synthesis of LDL cholesterol and protect against plaques and blood clots. Adenosine acts as a muscle relaxant and as a protectant against poisons, such as caffeine. It helps increase blood vessel width and can also reduce platelet aggregation (blood stickiness).

In 1992_¢Allium ursinum_¢was declared the "Medicinal Plant of the Year" by the Association for the Protection and Research on European Medicinal Plants._¢Allium ursinum_¢has all the benefits of_¢Allium sativum_¢products on the market but also has three advantages over this domesticated garlic:

  1. it has more of the active substances
  2. it has active substances not found in cultivated garlic, or found only when large quantities are taken
  3. it is odourless

Allium ursinum_¢__Å known as_¢ramsons,_¢buckrams,_¢wild garlic,_¢broad-leaved garlic,_¢wood garlic,_¢bear leek_¢or_¢bear's garlic


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