Ramp (Allium tricoccum)

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Ramp (Allium tricoccum)

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Ramps are a popular delicacy in the cuisines of its native Appalachian region, growing in popularity in restaurants in North America with many spring festivals dedicated to this wild leek. To early residents of the region, ramps were considered a popular tonic in spring because they provided vitamins and minerals following the winter months without fresh produce.

Ramps can be found growing in patches in rich, moist, deciduous forests as far north as Canada, west to Missouri and Minnesota, and south to North Carolina and Tennessee. In early spring, ramps send up smooth, broad, lily-of-the-valley-like leaves that disappear by summer before the white flowers appear. The bulbs have the pleasant taste of sweet spring onions with a strong garlic-like aroma.

Zones: 3-8

Light: part shade, shade

 

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