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The flavor of ramps is similar to onions with a touch of garlic, particularly like scallions, but wilder. They can be used just like scallions. In Appalachia, they are so popular that festivals are dedicated to them. They've been a staple of Southern Appalachian cooking for generations. Scallions (white part only) may be substituted for the ramps. Cooking time is approximate. While this recipe is written in a relatively old-fashioned way, it is perfectly safe if processed using modern methods. If you are unfamiliar with these techniques, please go to http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/can_home.html for the current information.
- Wash cucumbers well and place in a bowl.
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Pour boiling water over cucumbers.
- Let set until vinegar mixture is ready.
- Mix vinegar, water and salt together; bring to a boil.
- Drain water off cucumbers; put dill and ramps in jar; pack cucumbers on top.
- Place 1/4 teaspoon alum in each jar.
- Pour boiling vinegar mixture over cucumbers and seal jars in boiling water bath.