Wild garlic or bear's leeks are similar to American ramps, with a pearly white bulb which turns into an almost pink stem with 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.