(Allium ampeloprasum) Mild cousin of Onions and Garlic, delicious sautéed and in soups. Has been cultivated for at least 4,000 years, going back to Mesopotamia and Egypt. Globe of white flowers can be tinged pink or purple, and attracts many pollinators.
Planting suggestions: Direct sow in early spring or start in flats. Regular garden soil is sufficient, but will thrive if given rich compost. Full-sun to part-shade. Regular watering. “Hilling” them as they grow will blanch the lower stems, as they are seen in the store. Though most people pull up the whole plant when harvesting, instead try cutting off an inch or two above the roots; this will allow the plant to grow back for further harvests. Flowers in second year.
At least 50 seeds per packet