ail des bois

[French] plural aulx des bois

Wild leek (US: ramps). A relative of the leek with a pearly white bulb which turns into an almost pink stem and green, lily-of-the-valley shaped leaves. They have a fierce flavour when raw which is softened and sweetened by blanching. They have a powerful smell so must be kept carefully wrapped to prevent them contaminating other foods. Their relatively rarity makes them highly sought-after. They are considered to be lovely to look at and many cooks try to keep them intact in dishes.

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