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Language: German

Description: Wild garlic. Wild garlic or bear's leeks are similar to American ramps, with a pearly white bulb which turns into an almost pink stem with green, lily-of-the-valley shaped leaves. They have a fierce flavour when raw which is softened and sweetened by blanching. They have a powerful smell so must be kept carefully wrapped to prevent them contaminating other foods. Their relatively rarity makes them highly sought-after. They are considered to be lovely to look at and many cooks try to keep them intact in dishes.

Ramps, with many thanks to Jeremy Sewell at Great Bay on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston

Latin: Allium ursinum
Ethnicity: German
Most frequent country: Germany

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