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To many of locals in western North Carolina, they’re called wild leeks. Some call them ransoms and still others call them wood garlic because of their pungent smell. Nevertheless, ecologists simply call them ramps. This native plant has been useful to humans since inhabiting the eastern regions of the U.S. and Canada. Still today, locals harvest ramps for food, medicinal preparations, and to sell at markets and spring festivals. Read more »