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Wild leek

Ramp

Amaryllidaceae Allium tricoccum Ait.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

While the wild leek is not a cultivated crop, it is harvested in some areas. It is a strongly scented and flavored onion relative, indigenous from New England to Wisconsin and south to the Carolinas and neighboring states. In the mountains of West Virginia residents celebrate each year the coming of the "rains" with "ramp" festivals which feature ramp cooked with Canadian bacon fat. Both the small bulbs and the leaves are eaten.


Last update June 26, 1996 bha