The Transylvania Times -

By Joe Robustelli
Transylvania Extension Master Gardener 

Ramps Season Is Here With Festivals Planned


While attending the University of Tennessee, in the early ‘70s, I can remember seeing announcements for early spring ramps festivals in small mountain towns of eastern Tennessee. Born and raised in the Bronx, I had no idea what ramps were.

Ramps (Allium tricoccum), also known as wild leek, grow throughout the mountainous eastern United States from South Carolina to Canada. In western North Carolina, they appear between the time snow melts in the mountains and the eruption of leaves on trees. The ramp, a member of the lily family, looks like a scallion and tastes of a cross between onion...

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