Rapunzel of the Appalachians




Once upon a time, a very long time ago, a husband jumped across a wall because his wife had pregnancy cravings. She was craving this plant called rampion and he’d seen them growing bright and green in his neighbor’s garden. Unfortunately, the garden he jumped into was a witch’s garden. That witch took his baby girl as payment and named her Rapunzel after the rampion. You know the rest of this story.

I always imagined rampion as a sort of lettuce-y thing. But no! Rampion is sort of like a spring onion and sort of like garlic and it grows not only in Germany, but all through the Appalachians. Also, it is delicious, you can cook it in biscuits, add it to eggs, sprinkle it on popcorn. 

-Notes from West Virginian travels.



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