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Ramps season


When I hiked past the first cluster of ramps (more specifically, Burdick's wild leeks) last week, I yearned to sample but didn't want to damage a wild population. Then, a few days later, I stumbled upon the motherlode --- over an acre in size, with evidence of last year's flower stalks promising a mature population. Time to finally taste some ramps!

Beech rock

I still only harvested a handful, not wanting to damage such a slow-growing plant. But they certainly made for deliciously flavored biscuits, and I have several more recipes I want to try. Good thing ramps seem to be overharvested much less in Ohio than they were in Virginia!

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You need to come down to Flag Pond, TN, on May 9th, to the 30th Annual Ramp Festival, and even if you decide not to go, this article from the Erwin Record has some interesting tidbits about ramps, how their cooked and eaten. (See:,
Comment by Nayan Thu Apr 5 08:54:38 2018

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