wild leek


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Related to wild leek: wild onion, wild garlic, wood sorrels

wild leek:

see oniononion,
plant of the family Liliaceae (lily family), of the same genus (Allium) as the chive (A. schoenoprasum), garlic (A. sativum), leek (A. porrum), and shallot (A. ascalonium).
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wild leek

wild leek

Short, pointed oval leaves, 2-3 leaves together on a scallion-like stalk, usually reddish at the base. Strong onion-leek smell. Leaves die before whitish yellow flowers appear. Similar to but weaker effects of garlic. Whole plant is edible.
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Two varieties of wild leeks call New York State home.
Wild leeks are extremely susceptible to over-harvesting," says Barb.
A kickoff beer dinner at Park Avenue matched Sam Adams beers with five courses (prosciutto-wrapped jumbo diver sea scallops with roasted fresh figs and balsamic reduction paired with Sam Adams Boston Ale, and roasted tenderloin of beef with foie gras and vanilla sauce, and creamy wild leeks matched with Sam Adams Cream Stout, for instance.
It is inspiring to be with her as she identifies wild leeks and a rare salamander, comes face to face with a bobcat or strings the names of flowers together as if the hills were blooming in poetry: "Down here it's deep in spring, the mountainside's covered with dwarf iris, fire pink, ladyslippers, bloodroot, flowering dogwoods, shadbush, golden ragwort, violets.
Overharvesting can lead to extirpation, such as what happened to wild leeks in Quebec in the 1990s.
Wild leeks, called ramps, are related, though they are more strongly flavored than the cultivated leeks you find in the supermarket.
In addition there are plants used for a variety of foods--young dandelion leaves for salads, wild leeks for pickles, and elderflowers for fritters are only a few of the many choices.
Typically the genus produces a single bulb, as in the case of onions; an aggregate of bulbs, such as in shallots; relatively clustered on a rhizome (root), such as chives; or loosely borne on the end of stolons, as in wild leeks (ramps).