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lamarca BS: How are the Morels doing this year? (41) RE: BS: How are the Morels doing this year? 22 Apr 02

Knappo, ramps are wild leeks, which grow in the Appalachian and Piedmont areas of West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, etc. They are an, uh, acquired taste - kindof a cross between scallions and garlic, they taste strong going down, and remind you of their taste repeatedly for a LONG time. I don't care for them, and I love garlic, leeks and onions. Locals from these areas tend to celebrate local pride by harvesting them and holding "Ramp Festivals" in the spring. I searched Google, and found a fairly good description of one from a Knoxville, TN newspaper: here

A couple years ago, the county came and "installed" a new street tree (a little hedge maple) in KathWestra's front yard to replace a diseased oak tree that had been removed, and mulched it heavily. The following spring, Kath had morels pop up in her front yard around where they had planted the new sapling ! Alas, this seems to have been a one-year phenomenon, as they haven't re-appeared in the following years. We figure there must have been morel spawn on some of the mulch the county used...

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