Some edible plants offer something different other than just high nutritional value, some offer great flavor to your food, or a survival type soup. For this, Appalachian Ramps (allium tricoccum) offer a great tasting alternative.
Ramps are a variety of wild onion that are also called “wild leeks”. these wild onions grow in the Appalachian Mountains in cooler climates, and moist forests. It is common to find them along stream banks and along spring creeks. They have been known to cover small patches of the forest floor.
Ramps emerge in March and April. The plant goes through a transformation in which the leaves will turn yellow and typically die off once the forest canopy is in full leaf. Once this occurs they can be hard to locate until late May or early June when they produce a single stalk of white flowers. By late June to early July, the flowers are in full bloom.
Ramps are traditionally collected in the spring time when the green leaves are young. The plant produces a small bulb at the base of the stems which have a garlic/sweet onion flavor.