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Peninsula Celebrates 'Little Stinkers' with Ramp Festival

Ramps are in the onion family and grow throughout the Eastern United States and Eastern Canada
Jeremy Umansky
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Larder Master & Wild Food Forager
Ramps are in the onion family and grow throughout the Eastern United States and Eastern Canada

People will be gathering in Peninsula Saturday to celebrate a pungent, edible plant called the ramp. They’ve been described as a cross between onion and garlic. They’re only in season for a few weeks each spring. 

Ramp Up Peninsula festival organizer Diane Seskes thinks ramps kind of look like lily of the valley, but they’re nicknamed 'little stinkers' for a reason.

"If you’re walking through the woods and you step on one, you’ll smell this strong onion scent, which separates it from other plants that look similar."

This is the sixth year she and others have gathered to celebrate the leek-like plants that grow naturally around Peninsula and up and down Appalachia from Canada to Kentucky.

At the festival, she said people can sample a ramp, as well as take a walking tour to learn how to identify the "little stinkers." 

Seskes said ramps have an almost cult-like following among foodies across the nation.