P.E.M.U. 0003 – Ramps (Allium tricoccum)

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New to P.E.M.U.? Start here: https://bigpigblog.com/2015/03/20/p-e-m-u-project/ Do the work!! Use a good field guide for identification and start your journey. Items in “bold” are first hand experience.

This week’s featured plant are a mountain favorite, Ramps…

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Ramps. Wild Leeks (Allium tricoccum)

Amaryllis Family – Onion Subfamily – Page 196 Botany in a Day Elpel

Identification – Page 144 Forager’s Harvest Thayer

  • Flat thickened leaves with onion smell
  • Flowers appear after leaves wither

P-oisonous

E-dible

  • Bulbs – raw
  • Bulbs – cooked
  • Bulbs – pickled
  • Leaves – raw
  • Leaves – cooked
  • Flowers – raw

M-edicinal

  • Used like garlic
  • Earaches

U-seful

  • Insect repellent

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Ramps can be easily over-harvested due to their slow growing nature and commercial demand, so go easy on your ramp patch.

Ramp dip – http://ediblemadison.com/recipes/view/creamy-ramp-dip

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Ramps, morels, and scrambled eggs…
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More ramps and eggs…

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And ramps, crappie, and a wild salad…

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Resources: 

PFAF – http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Allium+tricoccum

Interested in learning more about the Poisonous, Edible, Medicinal, and Useful plants around us? Check out BPO’s foraging classes http://www.bigpigoutdoors.net/poisonous–edible–medicinal—-useful-plants.html

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