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Ramps: A ‘spring tonic’

April 19, 2014
By Hannah Fincham , The Inter-Mountain

Allium tricoccum, wild leeks, or ramps - as they are affectionately known to most Appalachians - are part of a cultural tradition despite their pungent and lingering odor. Native to North America, the ramp is a wild onion having a strong aroma. Though the bulb of the ramp resembles a scallion, the flat, broad leaves of the ramp distinguish them. Ramps are prolific in Appalachia, growing from South Carolina all the way to Canada.

 
 
 

 

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