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l6blue
Coon Rapids, MN
(Zone 4b)

April 15, 2012
11:26 AM

Post #9083424

Nice little find on my parents' farm!

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kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 15, 2012
8:33 PM

Post #9084093

mouth watering!
l6blue
Coon Rapids, MN
(Zone 4b)

April 16, 2012
6:39 AM

Post #9084417

My brother has been helping them by clearing out some dying trees from the margins of the woods, and it's been fun seeing all the different plants that show up now that the shade isn't as dense. This past weekend I saw huge colonies of dutchman's breeches and ramps.
SteveOh
Cherry Grove, OH
(Zone 6b)

April 29, 2012
5:53 PM

Post #9103014

Yummy, it's a great year for them here.
There are great swaths of ramps growing in our woodlands this year.

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l6blue
Coon Rapids, MN
(Zone 4b)

April 30, 2012
6:57 AM

Post #9103662

Nice, Steve. I tried to convince my parents and brothers that they could harvest some of the ramps and cook with them, but they seemed skeptical.
SteveOh
Cherry Grove, OH
(Zone 6b)

May 2, 2012
7:39 AM

Post #9106992

It's good to be skeptical when it comes to foraging plants.
That's why you always see the disclaimer "check with a local expert first".

I harvest them every year so I already know what to look for, but they're not particularly hard to identify. The potent onion smell is very obvious if you tear a leaf or crack the stem.
Just to be safe, you should always have a "local expert" confirm your ID. I've seen ramps with white stems, red stems and purple stems just above the bulb. The leaf broadness varies quite a bit too in different populations.

Tasty find, there, I6blue, congratulations.
gasrocks
Portage, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 12, 2012
11:00 AM

Post #9121043

What are Ramps?
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 12, 2012
11:06 AM

Post #9121045

I wanna find some! There are a few things growing in the sunny spots in our woods that I can't identify, that sorta kinda look like ramps. I need to yank some up and bring them to the local extension service to identify.
l6blue
Coon Rapids, MN
(Zone 4b)

May 14, 2012
6:29 AM

Post #9123025

gasrocks, they're Allium tricoccum, aka, wild leeks, aka delicious. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium_tricoccum
gasrocks
Portage, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 14, 2012
7:01 AM

Post #9123074

Thanks. Wonder if I have some. I'll have to look. Does anyone know if they grow in my area?

This message was edited May 14, 2012 11:21 AM
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 14, 2012
11:43 AM

Post #9123495

According to the USDA map, they grow in Wisconsin. If you click on the map on your state, it will tell you which counties it's prevalent in.
http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ALTR3
gasrocks
Portage, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 14, 2012
11:57 AM

Post #9123515

Cool. Includes the country I live in.
SteveOh
Cherry Grove, OH
(Zone 6b)

May 15, 2012
5:33 AM

Post #9124444

It might be a little late in the season, gasrocks. The Ramps here have already lost their leaves and sent up their flower buds. (Still good to eat, just harder to find) I am on the border of zone 6b/a. 5a can't be too far behind. Best of luck. :)
l6blue
Coon Rapids, MN
(Zone 4b)

May 15, 2012
8:49 AM

Post #9124725

gasrocks, my ramps (zone 4b) are already losing their leaves, so, as Steve pointed out, you may have a hard time finding them, although I am sure they are there.
gasrocks
Portage, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 15, 2012
10:34 AM

Post #9124829

Once, long ago I was told that anything you find "wild" that smells like an onion or garlic is OK to eat. Yes?
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 15, 2012
2:28 PM

Post #9125095

Oh, nooo, I guess ours are done for the season, too. I will know to look earlier next year.
SteveOh
Cherry Grove, OH
(Zone 6b)

May 16, 2012
3:57 PM

Post #9126396

Here's a link to my "after the leaves are gone" picture of ramps. They are still harvest-able, don't despair.

Edit: Doh!...forgot the link.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1257379/

This message was edited May 16, 2012 7:32 PM
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 16, 2012
4:28 PM

Post #9126454

Oops, ya forgot the link. lol
SteveOh
Cherry Grove, OH
(Zone 6b)

May 16, 2012
5:15 PM

Post #9126528

Added the link. Sorry...had a brain fart.
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 16, 2012
5:39 PM

Post #9126556

LOL Thanks! Don't feel bad, it happens to me a lot!

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