Monday, April 9, 2012

Will the popularity of wild edibles spell their downfall?

Specifically, are wild leeks being over-harvested? It's a question that Steve, over at Agroforestry Solutions, asks in his latest blog post.

Wild leeks, also known as ramps, have traditionally been harvested in Appalachia. Now, they've been discovered by top chefs at upscale restaurants. In the woods throughout Tompkins County, patches of leeks peak through the leaf litter in early spring.

Steve dug through the scientific literature and found a couple studies with startling findings, suggesting that yes, ramps are sensitive to over-harvesting. Check out his post for more.

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