Partnership to Better Understand Harvest Methods for Ramps Launched in Michigan

The U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) and Virginia Tech are partnering with the newly formed Institute for Sustainable Foraging (ISF) based in Traverse City, Michigan, to study ramp harvesting techniques used by private landowners and harvesters in Northern Michigan. This research will be used to better understand harvest methods necessary to ensure sustainability of ramp populations…  More 

It’s Ramp Festival Time in the Southern Appalachians

In the Appalachian Mountains, spring really starts with ramps and ramp festivals. Also known as wild leeks, ramps (Allium tricoccum) have been described as having a flavor that falls somewhere between that of garlic, onions, and scallions. While the taste is sweet, the pungent smell of ramps — and of those who’ve eaten them —…  More 

Ramps: In Abundance or In Trouble?

Eleven years of monitoring ramps populations Southern Research Station (SRS) research plant ecologist Joan Walker has been monitoring populations of ramps (Allium tricoccum) in the mountain coves of western North Carolina since 2000. Also referred to as wild leeks, ramsons, or wood garlic, ramps are among the first ephemeral greens to emerge during the spring months of March…  More