If you love ramps and want to have them all year long, canned or pickled ramps are just the thing. Heather and Bob Simmons were offering free samples, and they were selling pint jars of the delicious culinary delights at the Wild Edibles Festival at Watoga State Park Saturday. L.D. Bennett photo

Laura Dean Bennett
Staff Writer

I know I’m not alone when I say what an impression Euell Gibbons made on my generation when he said those famous words in the Grape Nuts commercial, “Ever eat a pine tree? Some parts are edible.”

Although my mother taught me at a young age to pick dandelion greens for salads and to sprinkle violet blossoms onto ice cream, I dare say that it was Gibbons who gave me the official okay to admit to people that I came from a family who ate nearly everything that nature had to offer.

Beginning in the 1960s and 1970s, eating “healthy” became part of the popular culture, sparked, in part, by Gibbons’ several books on the subject- remember Stalking the Wild Asparagus?

What might have been called a movement back then, has blossomed into a veritable tidal wave now.

Ironically, eating wild foods and organic “health” foods –…

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