Wild Ramps (Wild Leeks)
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THIS ITEM IS EXCLUDED FROM PROMOTIONSFresh wild ramps, also called wild leeks. This foraged edible is garlicky and fragrant, and only available for a short time each year in spring. Long appreciated by country folk and eaten as a spring tonic, the ramp has in recent years taken on a mantle of cult status among chefs in fine restaurants. Our teams of foragers comb the woods, revisit favorite ramp patches, and take care not to over pick in any one area.
- Wild, foraged ramps (Allium tricoccum)
- Seasonally available
- Product of North America
- 1 pound bunch
- Keep refrigerated
- For best taste, store in the refrigerator and use within 3-5 days of receipt
Cooking Methods: Sauté, Blanch
Since ramps are foraged in the wild, they tend to be quite dirty, and can carry forest debris. Give the bulbs and roots a good initial rinse then cut off the roots as close to the bulb as possible, and run under water, being careful to get too much water into the folds and curls of the leaves. Lay ramps out on a tea towel to dry. The leaves and bulbs are both edible, though are often cooked separately, as the bulbs take a bit more time to cook through. Ramps can be eaten raw, as you would a scallion, though they will be much stronger in flavor. The bulbs offer a nice punch of garlic flavor that's welcome in stir-fry, casseroles, soups, and potato dishes. They also make excellent pickles. The leaves are delicious when quickly sautéed, made into a pesto, or added to compound butter.
We partner with foragers who are conscientious about how they harvest wild plants. They protect the ramp patches by rotating to different fields annually, never harvesting more than a third of an area, and re-seeding and transplanting ramps that are not used. Available only for a short time, ramps are one of the most treasured of seasonal ingredients - so enjoy them while you can.