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A stunningly beautiful garlic salt made with 3 components of the rich and unique ecosystem we have in our personal garden, and the woods we have here at Sunward Cohousing, an eco minded nature community on the west edge of Ann Arbor.
First we have the ever famous Ramps (allium tricoccum), also referred to as wild garlic or wild leeks. While we don’t have a massive amount, we have a small collection in the woods that has matured over the last decade. Ramps are high in vitamins A and C, selenium, and chromium, like other members of the allium family.
Interestingly enough, these ramps grow between many of the spring beauty wildflowers included in this blend. So they grow together, and then are preserved together ~ I like opportunities to capture multiple parts of an ecosystem’s snapshot in time and preserve them all together.
Next we have the abundantly growing leaves of garlic chives (allium tuberosum) from our hugelkultur garden bed, sprouting up like crazy alongside dozens of organic medicinal plants. The leaves taste and small quite similar to the bulb below, and all parts of this are edible. Garlic chives are high in riboflavin, potassium, vitamin A, iron, thiamin, and beta carotene.
And the thing that makes this blend so beautiful and exceptionally special - the wildflowers that pop up right after the ramps on the forest floor, salt preserved and added in later. While these Spring Beauties (claytonia virginica) contain vitamin A and C, you’d have to eat such a high amount of them that they serve little purpose except to be a captured moment of spring that is preserved and carried on, while the fresh ones die back and the cycle continues on.
Because the garlic chives and Ramps require such a high yield to create these salts, you can consider using this similar to vitamins. Just a pinch on your food contains an amount comparable to a generous handful of fresh leaves, adding a rich garlic flavor and high amounts of crucial vitamins to your food.
I appreciate that garlic, being a potent medicine, keeps itself strong enough to keep us from overdoing it.
I lovingly collect, clean, blend, dry, and bottle this blend myself. Be sure to check out our other sales too. I am listing several other spring flower varieties.