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NAME: Ramps

SPECIES / FAMILY:  Allium Tricoccum / Amaryllidaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  spring onion, ramson, wild leek, wood leek,

CONDITIONS:  shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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leek

RAW/COOK

Spring

Buds/Flowers

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hot onion

RAW

Spring

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

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leek

RAW/COOK

Apr/May

Seeds

 

 

   

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small-average

 

COMMENT:  Flowers can be used as a garnish

 

CAUTION: Although no individual reports regarding this species have been seen, there have been cases of poisoning caused by the consumption, in very large quantities and by some mammals, of certain members of this genus. Dogs seem to be particularly susceptible.(1)

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/onions-full-of-nutrients   

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  Lilly of the Valley https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lily_of_the_valley

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES:  False Hellebore https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veratrum

 

OTHER USES: The juice of the plant is used as a moth repellent. The whole plant is said to repel insects and moles (1)

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

1.      https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Allium+tricoccum 

2.      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium_tricoccum

3.      https://www.wildedible.com/blog/foraging-ramps

4.      http://www.wideopenspaces.com/10-tips-foraging-delicious-smelly-ramps-pics/ (good photos)

         https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Allium_tricoccum (good photos)