Ramps

ramps

Wikipedia reports:

The ramp is a bulb-forming perennial with broad, smooth, light green leaves, often with deep purple or burgundy tints on the lower stems, and a scallion-like stalk and bulb. Both the white lower leaf stalks and the broad green leaves are edible. The flower stalk appears after the leaves have died back, unlike the similar Allium ursinum, in which leaves and flowers can be seen at the same time. Ramps grow in close groups strongly rooted just beneath the surface of the soil.

3 thoughts on “Ramps”

  1. Hi Steve,
    I love!!! ramps
    We can buy them here at the farmers market but I’d love to forage for wild ones. Where do they grow around Elk?
    Ursula

    1. Great to hear from you Ursula!

      I think that Judy’s response below answered your question better than I could have. I tasted the plant in the picture and it was very strong and tasty!

      If you go out into the woods, you’ll probably see Trout Lilies too – they like to live near Ramps.

      Enjoy!

  2. Hi Ursula, you’ll see these leeks just about all over now. When your driving the back roads take a gander in the woods. They stand out right now, because they grow in patches usually under large trees. The best way to dig these up is to use a small pitch fork. But only take some from each patch, otherwise you can wipe them out. They take a long to form large clumps Once you find some in the woods, look around & you’ll probably find more patches. They make great leek & potato soup.

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