I’m sure you’ve heard something about these guys. They’re all over the farmers’ market signs and showing up in menus all over.
What’s so great about them? Some people say it’s the cultural value of the ramps. They mark the beginning of Spring and some high-end folks praise them for this reason. I like them because they’re very pungent and strong in flavor. You should give them a try!
Are they easy to grow? Yes, especially here in the mid-Atlantic! They like forests- so you want to give them rich, dark soil. Apparently ramps are fans of hardwood mulch. Go figure!
What I do with them: Pesto! It’s amazingly simple to make and delicious. Whatever you do, don’t add more garlic. You won’t need it. I also throw them on top of pasta, pizza, and anything else that I typically would use garlic in.