Spring is here and ramps are popping all through the woods. They are also known as wild leeks and are deliciously edible. They do need to be mindfully harvested but can be enjoyed and are a great first spring crop. They are a sure sign that summer really is coming.
You can go for a much needed walk in the woods and harvest them yourselves or find a local farm or forager and pick up a nice clean bunch of ramps. The bulb cooks much like an onion and the green leaves very similar to spinach in cooking style. The quickest preparation is to separate the bulbs and the leaves and then add the bulbs to a saute pain with oil over low heat and cook until they begin to brown. You can then add in the greens and sweat them. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy. Or you can add them salmon, steaks fresh off the grill, or chicken. Its also morel season and they make an amazing side dish when morels are added or other mushrooms.
Stay tuned for some great ramp recipes. Shop local and know your farmer and forager.