Name Variations Edit
- wild leek
- Tennessee truffle
About Ramps Edit
This wild onion grows from Canada to the Carolinas and resembles a Scallion with broad leaves. Also known as wild leek, ramp has an assertive, garlicky-onion flavor. It can be found-usually only in specialty produce markets-from March to June. Choose those that are firm with bright-colored greenery. Wrap tightly in a plastic bag and refrigerate for up to a week. Trim the root ends just before using. Though the flavor of a ramp is slightly stronger than the Leek, Scallion or Onion, it can be used-raw or cooked-in many dishes as a substitute for any of those three.
The Miami/Illinois Indian word "chicagoua"-meaning, "skunk" was used to describe the odoriferous ramp growing area we now call, "Chicago." (ref: www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/2463.html)