Ramps

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  1. agnespterrry

    Heh. I remember when we lived in West Virginia when I was a kid, ramps were really really popular. Mom decided to try them out since we’d never had them before coming from California. 0.o (Never again, for me, sorry: they tasted rank! Maybe as an adult I’d appreciate them more, but I kind of doubt it.) However I remember staring at them as Mom dished them up and wondering if she truly actually intended for us to EAT them. (She’s never purchased them again.)

    Oh, and they turn your urine green, so beware . . .

    So there’s my limited experience with ramps. Mom ended up finishing it all. I was very impressed by that as I recall.

  2. SunnySouthTexas

    There are actual festivals to the lowly ramp in West Virginia … I remember visiting a girlfriend in my early-twenties or maybe late-teens and going to the Ramp Festival …

    Their flavor is a cross between onion and garlic – kinda like a blend of the two … Mmmmmm; very tasty!

  3. Jonell Galloway

    I think ramp is very similar to what we call wild garlic leaves in Europe. In French you call it “ail des ours”, because apparently it is the first green leaves the bears (“ours”) can eat when they come out of hibernation.

    I posted a recipe last week that worked quite well, using it with smashed potatoes.

    Nice post.

  4. Dale L.

    This time of year ramps can be found in the mountains of Georgia and North Carolina. I have actually seen them for sale at a farmer’s market in Murphy,N.C..

  5. tom robinson

    There are ramp festivals where I live ( western NC). It’s one of those things you either love or hate. I am in the later category. Think garlic times ten. Cooking tends to reduce the odor.

  6. Jerry

    The ramps are almost ready to be pulled in the forest near our house. They’ve been in the stores for awhile – so far we have had pasta with ramp pesto, venison with morel sauce and sauteed ramps, and scrambled eggs with morels, asparagus, and ramps. What a shame that they can only be found for such a short window!

  7. Harriet

    We call these leeks in Pennsylvania and we dug them out in the woods growing wild. They are very popular with the fishermen and campers at the beginning of spring and are used in everything from dips to soups, and even deep-fried. Some places hold LeekFests and contests for best recipes.

  8. hokan

    I make an omelet.

    butter
    Sauteed minced ramp bulb
    eggs mixed with chopped ramp greens and a bit of milk or water
    fresh goat cheese
    salt
    pepper

    I’ve been told to use the stem as well, but I don’t.

  9. JR

    I transplanted some to our backyard garden a few years ago and they have flourished enough to where I think I will be able to harvest some in a few weeks. They are great with salmon.

  10. Molly

    @Jonell, funny you should mention the bears. Here in Hungary the word for ramps is literally “bear’s grass.” Love them — one of the first signs of spring (and fresh local produce) in the markets here. My faves are in place of basil in a pesto, in omelets, and in soups.

  11. Megan

    I just made a fantastic Thai Green Curry….. loaded with ramps. They impart such a wonderful flavor. The recipe is on my site. Yummm we love spring ramps!

  12. Scott

    I’m in New York and just had my first experience with ramps. It was a pickled ramp and gin martini. Awesome and delicious!

  13. Donna

    My husband likes ramps in potaote salad. I make a treet and ramp receipe. one can of treet cut into bite size. Two cups of macroni cooked until tender and drained. one egg scrambled not cooked. one teaspoon mustard. one green pepper cut into bite size. one half of a cup of plain bread crumbs. one half cup of mozerella cheese and cheddered cheese. five ramps cut into bite size. mix all together and bake it in oven on 350 degrees about 15 minutes in a casserole dish. ramps are in place of onions.