The Wilds.

In southern Colorado, it was the young, tender shoots of outstanding wild asparagus growing along ditches and fencelines that championed the coming growing season; here in North Carolina, we’ve been snacking on the sweet grass and garlicy bulbs of our backyard’s abundant wild onions, a surefire sign of spring.

Turns out North Carolina is all but known for its ample spiel of wild onions, also called ‘ramps,’ so much so that at least one Carolina town sports designated festivities surrounding the pokey allium, as well as a ramp-eating contest.

Here, a small bundle of wild garlic bulbs mixed with wild onions, picked in preparation for brunch:

We made a fluffy counterpart to the traditional Cherokee wild onions and eggs to honor the awesomeness of our local wild edible plants.

Other things we are looking forward to gleaning from our North Carolina backyard this year, with gratitude: more wild garlic (!!!), Kudzo (leafy green, edible root), kudzo flowers (sweet and sweet-smelling, to make preserves, etc.), blackberries, and several varieties of nut (pine, pecan, and acorn).


1 Comment»

  fishinthewater wrote @

If they are for reals ramps and not the regular wild onions (I’ve never been priveleged enough to see a wild growing ramp, alas we do not have them here), I have had some fabulous pickled ramps before.


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