The Nodding Onion (alliumcernuum)CanadaBy: Colin Jones <br />
Who, What, Where .<br /><ul><li>Also known as sweet onion or barbecuing onion.
It is a wild plant native to western Canada that served as an important traditional food of the Interior Salish as well as neighboring indigenous peoples whose territories covered Southern British Columbia.
Perennial plants with elongated pinkish colored bulbs, often growing in clusters that bloom from May to July.
The bulbs, young leaves and flowers are all edible, either raw or cooked, and have a mild onion flavor, with the leaves tasting similar to chives.</li></li></ul><li>Issues Surrounding the Nodding Onion<br /><ul><li> Seriously threatened in western Canada due to loss of habitat caused by housing and industrial development as well as from the impact of environmental pollution and invasive species.
Historical knowledge and practice of gathering the plants practiced for generations by First Nations people are being forgotten with the disappearing of the nodding onions.
Traditional gathering sites have been lost to commercial land projects which spark protests from the First Nations people and environmental groups. </li></li></ul><li>Why Preserve the Nodding Onion?<br /><ul><li>Protecting the Nodding Onion is important for the continued existence of the plant itself but also, perhaps more importantly, for the continued existence of the historical knowledge and practices associated with the gathering of this wild food.
These wild foods are extremely important to the health and traditional cultural practices of the First Nations peoples and without them we lose a vital part of our Canadian heritage and history.</li></li></ul><li>Steps Toward Recovery<br /><ul><li> The Slow Food Canada society has taken actions to help preserve and bring awareness to the plight of the Nodding Onion. They are heavily involved with the Ark of Taste project.
The Canadian Ark of Taste has added the Nodding Onion to its list which raises awareness of the threats our important wild foods face and helps people to understand the importance of protecting wild, natural spaces and the edible biodiversity found across Canada.
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