aka wild leek; Alium tricoccum; Liliaceae (lily family)
When I was growing up ramps were a delicacy mostly known to and eaten by poor people who lived and foraged in the Appalachians. Nowadays ramps are a delicacy loved by chefs and gourmets and trend-chasers, hard to avoid if you like that kind of restaurant (I do). You can also find them at farmers’ markets, where you’ll pay a bundle for something once considered weeds.
I think they taste awful, like slowly sinking in a vat of onions in a nightmare and you can’t scream for help.
Whatever floats your boat. The problem now is that the plants are in danger of being over-foraged. Interesting article in the New York Times. Remember that “sustainable” goes with “local” and “seasonal”.
These pictures were taken in a protected area, by the way.
Each plant bears a single stem and flower about two months after the emergent foliage has died away. Here’s what you’ll see of the plants in early spring: