Allium tuncelianum

Allium tuncelianum is a species of wild onion which is endemic to the Munzur Valley in Tunceli, in eastern Turkey. It has a garlic odor and taste and is used locally like garlic.[1] Its common names include Tunceli garlic and Ovacik garlic.[1] Botanists have suggested this species may be a close relative of garlic, and perhaps an ancestor of garlic, but genetic analysis shows that it is actually more closely related to leek.[1] The plant is collected from the wild for use in cooking, a phenomenon that threatens the plant with extinction.[1]


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