Two varieties of wild leeks
call New York State home.
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.
, 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
Some of what we like to hunt are wild leeks
, greens, berries, and deer antlers.