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Old 19.02.2011, 10:41
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Re: Wild Garlic (Bärlauch, Ail Sauvage)

I'm running out to get some now, if I can pronounce it.

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The year's first bärlauch have sprouted in the woods...and also spotted at the Oerlikon market this morning!

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Old 19.02.2011, 11:19
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Re: Wild Garlic (Bärlauch, Ail Sauvage)

Is "Bärlauch" not "Ail des Ours" in French? Not sure if there's a difference between "Bear's Garlic" and "Wild Garlic" or not, but I'm very pleased to read that we've started to see it sprouting - I love the stuff! Goes amazingly chopped up in a salad dressing.

EDIT: I do have authority on that last sentence - my partner is French, so his specialities are salad dressings and different types of garlic.

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Re: Wild Garlic (Bärlauch, Ail Sauvage)

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Is "Bärlauch" not "Ail des Ours" in French? Not sure if there's a difference between "Bear's Garlic" and "Wild Garlic" or not, but I'm very pleased to read that we've started to see it sprouting - I love the stuff! Goes amazingly chopped up in a salad dressing.
I love the smell of it when you are walking through a forest. It is also very nice baked into a quiche.
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Re: Wild Garlic (Bärlauch, Ail Sauvage)

Ails des ours is one of the French terms indeed.

English terms are wild garlic, buckrams, ramsons, and even bear's leek. The bear part can be found in many, many languages, starting with Latin, allium ursinum, through Italian aglio orsino, Spanish ajo de oso, Dutch beerlook, Finnish karhunlaukka (bear's onion), Hungarian medvehagyma (ditto), to Slovak cesnak medvedi (bear's garlic). However, I wonder if bears really feed that much on ransoms in spring to make them an important part of the term, or if it is just folklore.

The link provided in the OP by Jack sounds like English ramsons are sort of similar to Bärlauch, but in botany they are the same species.

Albeit a bit OT (actually a Language Corner thing), what has been puzzling me for decades is the fact that some German dialects including some Swiss German varieties use terms that sound very close to the English word ramsons, for instance Rämschele in some Swiss areas, while other German speaking areas have no such words.

How come that kind of word can be found scattered all over the German landscape but with huge gaps in between? I mean, English and Swiss German are at the extreme opposite ends of the Germanic language spectrum, yet practically the same word can be found in both, but not in many other languages and dialects in between. That's strange, to say the least.

I was a formum moderator and member of the Advisory Board of wordwizard.com for quite a few years, one of the most useful sources of English etymology on the 'Net, but there too, the issue was never resolved. Any ideas out there?
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Re: Wild Garlic (Bärlauch, Ail Sauvage)

The farmer's market in Oerlikon had so many lovely people and very patient with my 'beer-laug' pronunciation. They told me it was too early, perhaps March, and non of the stores had them.

Aside: I did had a moment's panic when I misunderstood "is OK 100 (100g more)?" for "CHF100 for 5 large apples"
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The farmer's market in Oerlikon had so many lovely people and very patient with my 'beer-laug' pronunciation. They told me it was too early, perhaps March, and non of the stores had them.

Aside: I did had a moment's panic when I misunderstood "is OK 100 (100g more)?" for "CHF100 for 5 large apples"
Yes a lovely place to shop... The early and recent warm weather brought up the bärlauch a bit earlier than usual this year. Next time you go to the market, look for a vendor called Haabwalser - they always seem to get the early bärlauch from a location on the back side of the Utliberg (also go early)...
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Re: Wild Garlic (Bärlauch, Ail Sauvage)

Probably a page full of garlic lovers is not the best place to post this, but I personally can't stand the extreme garlic smell when walking into restaurants. Berlusconi wanted to actually ban it in Italy (not that he stood any chance), but I wouldn't be against it!

How does one deal with the smell in one's mouth, sometimes up to 48 hours after a garlic meal?
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Probably a page full of garlic lovers is not the best place to post this, but I personally can't stand the extreme garlic smell when walking into restaurants. Berlusconi wanted to actually ban it in Italy (not that he stood any chance), but I wouldn't be against it!

How does one deal with the smell in one's mouth, sometimes up to 48 hours after a garlic meal?
Obviously you never eat garlic, otherwise you'd know that the garlic eater does not smell it. The safest way to get rid of garlic smell is by eating it. It works within seconds.
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How does one deal with the smell in one's mouth, sometimes up to 48 hours after a garlic meal?
Learn to enjoy it.
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Probably a page full of garlic lovers is not the best place to post this, but I personally can't stand the extreme garlic smell when walking into restaurants. Berlusconi wanted to actually ban it in Italy (not that he stood any chance), but I wouldn't be against it!

How does one deal with the smell in one's mouth, sometimes up to 48 hours after a garlic meal?
A comment like this coming from a Brit wouldn't surprise me, but you are Greek, unusual Greek.
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Old 21.02.2011, 13:30
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A comment like this coming from a Brit wouldn't surprise me, but you are Greek, unusual Greek.
Insulting and out-dated post of the day...
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Right, and when picking yourself, don't eat the yellow baerlauch!
And don't confuse with Lilies of the valley (Maiglöckchen). They can seriously poison or even kill you.
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And don't confuse with Lilies of the valley (Maiglöckchen). They can seriously poison or even kill you.
You really can smell the difference while picking the leaves. Use what smells like garlic, discard (better still, do not pick) anything else.
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Re: Bärlauch

love the thing! my fave recipe is pickled in sweet & sour marinade, can really eat a big jar just in one go then goes pesto. good in salads too
however, never saw it here
seems like it's only in the German part? anyone in the French part saw it in Coop / Migros or elsewhere?
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Re: Wild Garlic (Bärlauch, Ail Sauvage)

Hi folks! has anyone seen or smelt any yet?
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Plenty grows around here - but still covered with snow.
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Hi folks! has anyone seen or smelt any yet?
Oh, yus indeedy - the stocks of pine kernels, olive oil etc all ready to turn out large amounts of pesto to see us through the rest of the year
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Hi folks! has anyone seen or smelt any yet?
It grows in my garden - but still a bit early, as it (garden) is only now slowly starting to wake up. Probably another month before it's ready.

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Re: Wild Garlic (Bärlauch, Ail Sauvage)

Any good places for wild garlic in/around Basel? I love the stuff - picked loads in the UK last year and made all sorts - a particularly nice soup
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Re: Wild Garlic (Bärlauch, Ail Sauvage)

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found today at migros - pretty expensive i must say but bought nevertheless
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