from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A wild relative of chives, Allium ursinum, having edible leaves and roots.
- n. Plural form of ramson.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A species of garlic, Allium, ursinum, of the northern parts of the Old World.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. pungent Old World weedy plant
You just won't be convincing me by quoting Brayton or Gregory's second hand arguments that the genome of those ramsons is mostly "junk" just because my bred-for flowers border chives are mild and practically flavor-free with their much smaller genomes.
The plant that seemed to me to be probably "sauce alone" had leaves somewhat heart-shaped, but so confusing is _partial_ description that I began to think I had hit on "ramsons" instead of "sauce alone," especially as ramsons was said to be a very common plant.
It appears that there is confusion between ramsons and ramps.
Snowdrops, wood anemones, primroses, foxgloves and ramsons can all infuse woods with colour through sheer force of numbers.
My ID prediction is still 50%, both in chives and in ramsons.
A five-fold increase in DNA over the course of evolution for ramsons says things about ramsons that the supposedly "efficient" genome of Chinese chives (and their many hybridized varieties culinary and presentational) doesn't say about chives (or Vidalias or elephant garlic or garden leeks or red shallots or …).
Since there is in fact a large difference between border chives and wild ramsons, it sure seems to me that simple comparison of genome size doesn't establish anything other than a difference in genome size.
Some folks call them ramsons to this day, while others call them “ramscallions –” a name which I like not only because it likens them to another non-bulb producing allium which I use often, the scallion, but because it sounds like one of my favorite words, “rapscallion,” which is an archaic form of “rascal.”
She flavored it all with a choice selection of herbs including coltsfoot, ramsons, sorrel, basil, and meadowsweet, and a bit of salt saved since they left the Mamutoi Summer Meeting, which Jondalar didn't even know she still had.
So it is in some counties, but, as I afterwards found, there was not a plant of ramsons, or garlic, throughout the whole of that district.