Ramp season

Ramp season

May 10, 2020

Ramps or wild leeks are one of the first plants to start growing on the forest floor when the snow melts. They seem to really flourish below maple trees. You can dig these wild onions and eat the stem and the leaves. As always, when you are out foraging, ask the landowner for permission, and don't overpick. With leeks, it is important to leave the underground root in place so more will sprout.

 

 

I like to make a pesto by pureeing the entire plant with olive oil and sea salt. In the jar on the right, I also added some sunflower seeds which helps to mellow the bite of the leeks. 

 

We also found this great recipe for Maple Pickled Ramps in Katie Webster's cookbook, titled "maple".

 

 



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