I've never had cultivated leeks before. These are smaller than the cultivated, but I am pretty sure that they are more pungent. (10 of them flavor 2 blocks of cream cheese. Add a tablespoon of horseradish, spread on a cracker). These are a spring forage (April/May) and these were dug in a glade in the woods where there were literally thousands of them, as far as the eye could see.
The leaves sure look like leeks, but the bulbs remind me of scallions. I bet they're tasty!ReplyDelete
I'm afraid to forage. 💀
Thanks Debby. They remind me of Ransoms or wild garlic which grows in our garden and in the wild.ReplyDelete
Are those the same as ramps? (Which I think are what Northsider means by ransoms -- British vs. American names.)ReplyDelete
May be the same thing, just called a different name. Some call them 'ramps' down south.ReplyDelete
I have not seen wild leeks before but these do look rather like ransomes.ReplyDelete
I'm no expert in leeks or wild garlic - but I do enjoy foraging for fungi and berriesReplyDelete
These are called ramps where I'm from - Wisconsin.ReplyDelete
Even Ransoms-wild garlic.ReplyDelete
Google Image Search throws up various possibilities. I am unfamiliar with that plant.ReplyDelete
I know the next time I'm in the woods, I'm going to be pulling plants as well as looking for mushrooms.ReplyDelete
Leeks and mushrooms would make a fine dish. Leek soup was very good. Leek dip nice as well.ReplyDelete
What a confusing trip down the google rabbit hole. Europe's ransoms and our leeks/ramps are different, but from the same family. Some sources said ramps and wild leeks were different, others said they are the same critter. I think they are the same. Some call them wild garlic or spring onion. Lots of names for them. Interesting. I've always known them as leeks and it never occurred to me to wonder further.
We have another thing in common as I have never had cultivated leeks before either. I don't know much about them but the recipe sounds pretty yummy.ReplyDelete
Just bought a packet of leek seeds for the first time ever. Sown in the greenhouse on Monday.ReplyDelete