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Ramps Mon, 05/12/03 10:43 AM (permalink)
Has anyone ever attended the Ramp Festival in Cosby, TN? Just there and it features ramps with scrambled eggs, Pinto Beans with ramps, blue grass music and a pretty setting.

If anyone is unfamiliar with the ramp, it is somewhat similar to an onion and garlic. It is legendary for its ability to stay with you for days. Some have rumoured it to be a misquito repellent. I expected them to be very strong, but they are actually quite sweet.

They bloom in mid June a very pretty white and then go to seed and disappear until early next spring.

Cosby use to be famous for its moonshine. I do not think it is available any longer but it is also rumoured to have superb herb.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
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    RE: Ramps Mon, 05/12/03 11:47 AM (permalink)
    I've never attended that ramp festival, but I have enjoyed the one in Richwood, West Virginia. And I love ramps.

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      RE: Ramps Mon, 05/12/03 1:28 PM (permalink)
      In Ontario we have the Singhampton Ramp Romp. Its run by church ladies who steam them and let you fix em up with butter and salt. They also get made into soup with potatoes and bacon. You are right about the smell Paul, it follows you around for a few days and since it is in you, bathing products have little or no effect.

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        RE: Ramps Mon, 05/12/03 3:04 PM (permalink)
        What is the difference between a ramp and a leek?

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          RE: Ramps Mon, 05/12/03 8:17 PM (permalink)
          Originally posted by Jennifer_4

          What is the difference between a ramp and a leek?

          The Ramp is wild.

          And it smells really, really bad.

            RE: Ramps Mon, 05/12/03 9:03 PM (permalink)
            Originally posted by jmckee

            Originally posted by Jennifer_4

            What is the difference between a ramp and a leek?

            The Ramp is wild.

            And it smells really, really bad.

            But it taste really really good. To remind you how good it is, it will stay with you for many days reminding you how good it is. Every body will know including your neighbors, wife and friends. When you exhale, the world will know about Ramps.

            Unfortunately they are sweet and taste good.

            Paul E. Smith
            Knoxville, TN

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              RE: Ramps Mon, 09/15/03 3:58 PM (permalink)
              EEEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. Sorry. My Mom shares your feelings....thank goodness I haven't had to experience that smell for many years now.

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                RE: Ramps Mon, 09/15/03 8:26 PM (permalink)
                Havent tried ramps but it seems to me that a ramps festival could be right up there with the Gilroy California Garlic Festival!!!!Garlic ice cream anyone!

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                  RE: Ramps Mon, 09/15/03 9:22 PM (permalink)
                  The ramp and garlic festivals sound similar to the annual International Horseradish Festival held in early June each year in Collinsville, IL, which claims to be the horseradish capital of the world.

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                    RE: Ramps Tue, 09/16/03 11:26 PM (permalink)
                    Ah the ramp, the stuff of poets, the holy grail of spring in West Virginia and the only foodstuff in US Postal Service History to almost cause a man to serve prison time.

                    I don't know how many of you are familiar with a publication that gained some notoriety and fame in the 60's,70's and early 80's by the name of "The Hillbilly". It contained a lot of West Virginia history, folklore, and good old storytellin' and editorial commentary. The editor was a typical crusty curmudgeon editor type by the name of Jim Comstock, with some pretty pithy commentary and wry wisdom. The paper was published in the forementioned ramp festival headquarters, Richwood West Virginia.

                    Jim was one who wrote of the delights of the ramp, praised it's grace and beauty and it's odorifous inner being. He was so enamoured of it, he decided to share it's attributes to the world at large. In a stroke of genius(?), he had some chemist friends devolop an elixir bearing the very same purity and goodness of the ramp.............and dumped it all in the printing ink of that week's issue of the Hillbilly. He was a bit taken aback when the FBI, ATFm and Postmaster General's office showe up at his door later that week, bearing every kind of search warrant possible, but was later relieved that the 2 million plus papers he sent out did not cause him to serve prison time for "smellifying" the US Postal Service.

                    And as far as the lingering perfume of the ramson, there is a very easy cure for it, but I'd have to kill you if I told you.........
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                      RE: Ramps Wed, 09/17/03 1:07 AM (permalink)
                      Originally posted by Sundancer7Unfortunately they are sweet and taste good.
                      Paul: do they travel well? As in to Louisiana? I've never had the pleasure, but I love all things alliuminaceous!
                        Rick F.

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                        RE: Ramps Wed, 09/17/03 1:10 AM (permalink)
                        A definition from [url][/url]:

                        —n. Usually, ramps.
                        a wild onion, Allium tricoccum, of the amaryllis family, of eastern North America, having flat leaves and rounded clusters of whitish flowers; eaten raw or used as a flavoring in cooked foods. Also called wild leek.

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