These are ramps or wild onions. Many people feel strongly that these little foul weeds act as a spring tonic to cure whatever has been ailing you the last few months of winter. My theory is that if you hadn't been eating anything green for months and you finally shocked your body with some, you would have to feel better.
You can find them growing wild in small hollers up in the mountains. This patch is a closely guarded secret near our house. I would tell you where it is, but even I haven't been allowed to visit. Farmer Brown's Uncle took these pictures for me - Thanks, Delmas!
They look like onions, taste better, but smell like old sweaty-socks. Their smell is pungent. Beware that if you eat them, the smell will reek out of your pores for at least a day. You don't even want to know what it does to your breath. I put some in the fridge in an airtight container and the taste seeped into everything, including the milk.
I fully intended to use some ramps in some new, interesting recipes involving a pizza and one involving Gruyere cheese, but I misplaced them. Then the smell of them in the fridge was so revolting, that I just couldn't imagine what cooking them would make my kitchen smell like.
Most people like to fry ramps in bacon grease and eat them with eggs. My grandmother likes them raw. Throughout West Virginia in April and early May you can find Ramp Dinners at schools and Ruritan Clubs. The most well-known dinner is the Feast of the Ramson in Richwood, WV. For over 71 years, people have been flocking to my small high school town to eat these "little stinkers".
You can also now buy ramp products. This place also sells ramp seeds so you can plant your own crop for next spring.
So if you've been feeling poorly this winter, try and scrounge you up some ramps. I don't know if they would cure Swine Flu, but I'm pretty sure it will keep people away from you for several days.