Monday, November 29, 2010

How to cook with Onion Weed

Yes, the meadows and orchards of Oratia are full of it, and it is a weed, slowly creeping towards my house, unaware that I will EAT IT! Foraging is back into fashion, and what better excuse to be kind to the environment (Weed Free Waitakere!!!) and your health. Eat raw, or cook.

You can eat the flowers, stem and bulbs, finely chopped and tossed on salad or on a steaming bowl of soup. Also add to noodles, fried rice and any other dish that would required chopped spring onions (with the difference that these are free while spring onions cost $2 for about 5 stalks!).

The bigger bulbs and stalks can be dipped in dressings and sauces like you would do with carrot and celery sticks.

Alternatively chop and sauté in a frying pan with a drop of olive oil, add a pinch of salt, and serve as a side dish, or as an ingredient to make pies, pasta sauces, or the base for risotto, soups and stews.
Excellent sautéed with tofu and dressed with a drop of soy or tamari sauce.

Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©


  1. Onion weed...I have never heard of them. That is so neat that you can use the entire weed. :o) They have such pretty flowers! We have wild onions that grow in our yard in the spring, but we don't eat them. They don't look anything like your onion weeds. We mow ours down and then sneeze our heads off because of the

  2. Check on a book, they may be edible!