What's that smell? It could happen to you.

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The forest provides, but not as well as a supermarket.

When you are walking in the forest, and you suddenly smell onions, don't panic.

There are several explanations and possibilities. You may have stepped on an onion, but that is unlikely. Other possibilities involve oniony plants growing underfoot, like these.

This is ramson (Allium ursinum), daslook in Dutch. I like to pronounce that as das Look, with a German accent, but that is just me. Really, nobody else does that. The plant looks like this:

Olympus Stylus 1s, 300mm, ISO200, f5.6, 1/250s

Another possibility is garlic root (Alliaria petiolata), look-zonder-look in Dutch, not in the Alliaceae family, but it does smell like onions, or garlic:

Olympus Stylus 1s, 300mm, ISO100, f5.6, 1/2000s

The leaves of both these plants can be eaten.

If you did, or ate onions, it could also be your own breath you're smelling. In that case, this little plant might help. Its clover-shaped leaves have a pleasant and refreshing acidic taste; they contain oxalic acid (so don't eat huge quantities, and avoid when you have kidney problems). The plant is called wood sorrel, (Oxalis sp.), klaverzuring in Dutch, and it looks like this:

Olympus Stylus 1s, 42mm, ISO100, f8, 1/500s

If stronger measures are required, you could chew the leaves of any of these three species of mint:

Water mint (Mentha aquatica), watermunt in Dutch:

Olympus Stylus 1s, 180mm, ISO100, f5, 1/500s

Field mint (Mentha arvensis), akkermunt in Dutch:

Olympus Stylus 1s, 42mm, ISO400, f5.6, 1/60s

Spearmint (Mentha spicata), aarmunt in Dutch:

Olympus Stylus 1s, 200mm, ISO200, f5.6, 1/60s

There's a hybrid of water mint and spearmint; it is called peppermint, which will also do nicely to get rid of your onion breath.

Now wasn't that hugely informative?

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That WAS hugely informative!!!
There are a couple of Oxalis in my area but they are considered weeds. Rich people with fancy lawns hate it haha


But the flower is so pretty!


Sure is!

Very informative content!!! I have to say that I know some of this plant because my grandmother teached me about it and it's true, they smell of onion and/or garlic :D

I think we call that plant in the top photo, wild garlic @ocrdu, but I could be wrong. 😊

Great selection of photographs!


Thank you. You're not wrong; these plants are known as ramsons, buckrams, wild garlic, broad-leaved garlic, wood garlic, bear leek, and bear's garlic, and that's not including some local names 8-).


Yay! I got a plant name right @ocrdu. That doesn't happen too often without some prior research! 😁

Yes it is hugely informative . A deep research infact . Didn't know these kinda flower even exist before I went through your post.

Wow, beautiful Indian flowers, thanks for sharing.

nice pictures! lovely nature!

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Nice flower, looks very interesting

Great photography

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We french, call the first one ail des ours - bear's garlic ..it is delicious to eat ! ^_^
beautiful collection !

We do not know how many kinds of flower blossom in the forest, and the different flavor of each flower is different. Some flowers have their smell so sweet, smell of smell.

Interesting and very useful post my friend. I love onion and garlic.

INCREDIBLY INFORMATIVE! I'm so looking forward to smell of onions!