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Allium hypsistum which is also commonly known as Jimbu, is an herb.

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Allium hypsistum which is also commonly known as Jimbu, is an herb. This herb is used in some regions of Nepal. The taste of this herb is somewhere between that of onion and chives. It is mostly used in dried form. This herb is used to flavor vegetables, pickles, meat in Mustang. In the rest of the area of Nepal this is used in lentils. If one wants to develop its flavor, the dried leaves can be fried in ghee.

The following uses are known on study:
– 95% of households in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal use jimbu in cooking, in curries.
– 38% of households use jimbu as medicine usually as a treatment to curb flu.
– 52% of households report having been involved in jimbu collection.

Alliums are members of the onion family. Among the best known Alliums are chives, onions, garlic, and shallot. This hardy, easy to grow flowering bulb comes in a wide variety of colors, heights and blooming times.

Big, multi-floriated, round blooms are produced atop of a tall, sturdy spike. In general, they bloom from late spring to early summer. Prairie onion attracts butterflies. Leaves, bulbs and bulblets can be used for food.

Early explorers ate them, and they were also used by the American settlers to treat colds, coughs, and asthma, and to repel insects.

Growing/Caring conditions of Allium hypsistum
– Ornamental Onions, or Alliums, are grown from bulbs.
– The flower head also produces seeds, but most gardeners plant the easy to handle bulbs.
– Plant Allium bulbs in the soil in the fall, as soon as the ground can be worked.
– Plant them to a depth of twice the diameter of the bulb.
– If planting Allium seeds, sow them directly into the garden.
– Plant the seeds just 1″ deep (2.5 cm).
– Average Spacing 6 to 12Inches between the plants is required.
– They like full sun to partial shade.
– It is best to provide afternoon shade in hot climates.
– The plant needs hardiness of USDA: 3 (mulched), 4-10
– They tolerate poor soils, but prefer it to be well drained.
– Adding a general purpose fertilizer once in early spring is beneficial.
– Keep the soil moist to slightly dry.
– Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week.
– Keep them well weeded, or apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the plants.
– Allium plants should come back yearly for many years.
– Alliums make good cut flowers. But, they will give off a slight onion scent
– Alliums have few insect or disease problems.

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