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Wild Leek/Garlic

Scott Ranger ranger at america.net
Tue Apr 28 11:01:29 EST 1998

You are probably enjoying RAMPS, Allium tricoccum, an Appalachian
delicacy. I spent last week in the Great Smoky Mountains and enjoyed
them immensely.  I used to worry about ramps being overharvested, but
one cove I visit each spring seems to have more than ever, even with
lots of harvesting.

If you have a "private" patch, I'd suggest not harvesting more than 2/3
of the available ramps in any given year, and if that much, give a
couple of years time before harvesting that many again.

Ramps are known as the sweetest tasting but the foulest smelling of all
the onions. If in a group, woe to the one who doesn't partake!

Scott Ranger

Ivan Hrg (Jr.) wrote:
>   I have a few questions concerning this plant which comes up in spring in
> hardwood forests. I'm not sure which is correct, but around here (eastern
> Ontario) people refer to it as either wild leek or garlic. As some of you
> may know, this is a fantastic tasting plant.  I have some very nice
> patches of it growing in the maple bush where I live, and many friends
> have expressed interest in picking some. I am concerned about the plants
> ability to replenish itself - some people claim that if you pick at the
> edges of the patches, then it will `fill in' the space next year. I don't
> really know if this is true or not. I have picked some in the past, but
> have never noticed if it grows back easily. With so many people asking to
> pick the plant, i'd like to be sure that no damage is done. I have heard
> that it is illegal to pick this plant in the province of Quebec - due to
> overharvesting.
>   Does anyone out there know anything about this plant? Can it handle some
> moderate harvesting?
> Regards,
> Ivan

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