Wild leeks (Allium tricoccum), regionally known as Ramps, are a springtime delicacy in central Appalachia. Ramps are the theme of many community social gatherings and festivals that celebrate the start of spring. Carol McClung (Physical Science Technician) and Laura Cooper (Biological Science Technician) are cooking a batch of bacon, eggs, and ramps so that AFSRC employees can experience a piece of the local culinary culture.
Information about AFSRC research on planting of ramps as an understory crop in agroforestry systems can be read in a research paper (Ritchey, K. D. and C. M. Schumann. 2005. Response of Woodland-Planted Ramps to Surface-Applied Calcium, Planting Density, and Bulb Preparation. Hortscience, 40(5):1516-1520).
Photo by Doug Boyer
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