Watch Cooking Channel

Ready for Ramps

Ramps

Not long ago the appearance of asparagus announced that winter is over. But asparagus is now available year round in the supermarket, so for me it’s the arrival of ramps that tells me spring is here. Just last weekend I discovered bunches of these fragrant little plants at the Union Square Farmer’s Market and they’ll be around for the next four weeks.

Ramps are native North American plants that grows wild in the swampy areas along the East Coast — from Georgia to Canada — and because they’re foraged and have a limited shelf life, you’re not likely to find them in supermarkets.  A member of the lily family,  ramps look a bit like a scallion but taste like a cross between a leek and garlic, a delicious mix of the sweetness of leeks with the kick of garlic. They’re also surprisingly versatile and can be blanched, sautéed, grilled, roasted, pureed, even pickled.  The entire plant is edible — leaves, stalks, and bulbs — and you can use ramps in any recipe that calls for garlic or scallions.

In the South ramps are often teemed with bacon and potatoes for scrambled eggs or ramp casseroles. In the North they’re more likely to be coated with oil, seared in a pan, and tossed with pasta.  My way of celebrating the end of winter is by roasting handfuls of ramp bulbs with chicken and potatoes, then adding the green tops to the gravy.

Scrambled Eggs with Chorizo

Substitute ramps for scallions in Aida's scrambled eggs with chorizo recipe.

Though the leaves are fragile, properly handled ramps will stay fresh in the fridge for up to a week: Rinse and dry them thoroughly with paper towels, then tightly wrap them together in plastic, remove all the air, and store them in the crisper in the fridge. Or, you can vacuum seal the raw ramps and freeze them.

The very popularity of these wild treats may lead to their demise so if you’re out foraging be careful to harvest sustainably by taking only half of each clump you dig and replanting the rest.

Ramps can be substituted for the garlic or scallions in these Cooking Channel recipes:

Corky Pollan, former Style Director of Gourmet and Best Bets Editor of New York Magazine, has returned to her first love, cooking. In her Devour posts, she’s eager to debunk cooking myths and solve some cooking mysteries.

Tags:

Comments (3072)

  1. bForex scam posted 05/26/2014

    bForex company…

    I’ve got some ongoing tasks and I wanted all these students assist me with it….

  2. govt jobs posted 05/27/2014

    govt jobs…

    [...]Every after inside a whilst we decide on blogs that we study. Listed below are the newest sites that we decide on [...]…

  3. Resume posted 05/28/2014

    Professional Resume Writing Services in UAE…

    I’ve got some ongoing tasks and I wanted all these students help me with it….

  4. click on this page posted 05/28/2014

    curso revit…

    I’ve got some ongoing projects and I wanted all these students help me with it….

  5. bankruptcy lawyer 17325 posted 05/28/2014

    bankruptcy attorney carlisle pa…

    Wonderful weblog!…

  6. FF14 RMT posted 05/29/2014

    安全な電力平準化と金…

    私の非常に自身 正直 後悔 いないためあなた 以前…

  7. MHF Zeny posted 05/30/2014

    安全な電力平準化と金…

    あなたがしている 行って 目覚しい仕事…

  8. Tumblr posted 06/03/2014

    Superb website…

    [...]always a fan of linking to bloggers that I like but don’t get a lot of link love from[...]……

  9. How to make money with iqkonnect…

    [...]very few internet websites that take place to become comprehensive beneath, from our point of view are undoubtedly very well really worth checking out[...]…

  10. cheap cigarettes online posted 06/03/2014

    Awesome website…

    [...]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[...]……

  11. yoga pants posted 06/03/2014

    Informative and precise…

    Its difficult to find informative and precise info but here I noted…

  12. Home Solar Power posted 06/04/2014

    Blogs ou should be reading…

    [...]Here is a interesting site You could Find Interesting that we Encourage You to visit[...]……

  13. Education posted 06/05/2014

    University…

    Your kindness will be tremendously appreciated….

  14. Permaculture Activist posted 06/07/2014

    Permaculture Activist…

    I’ve got some ongoing projects and I wanted all these students help me with it….

  15. free elixir posted 06/09/2014

    clash of clans hack…

    Is your theme custom created or did you download it from somewhere? A theme like yours using a couple of uncomplicated adjustements would actually make my blog stand out….

  16. FIFA 14 RMT posted 06/10/2014

    安全な電力平準化と金…

    あなたはいつもしている 行って 本当に良い仕事…

  17. PSO2 RMT posted 06/10/2014

    安全な電力平準化と金…

    私 正直 謝罪 への感謝を表現するのおかげと言っていないためあなた 以前…

  18. FF11 ギル posted 06/11/2014

    安全な電力平準化と金…

    あなた 行って 美しい仕事…

  19. kitchen remodeling boca raton posted 06/12/2014

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  20. FFXI 育成代行 posted 06/12/2014

    安全な電力平準化と金…

    私は何をはず | 発見私はしていなかったしていなかった場合に行わこのような対象このような。…

  21. FF14 RMT posted 06/12/2014

    安全な電力平準化と金…

    私が感じるかなり 幸運たのは発見 あなた ウェブサイトとを楽しみにしてたっぷりもっと回ここに読み…

  22. ezhanebrand posted 12/23/2011

    Ugg classic short Happily or give Laomo tease her, her plight at the moment, for outsiders, as to endure a week, a total of forty weeks, precious lives in the full year.

    ugg classic To the living, nutrition, had to eat, killing small animals, take the skin garment, purely for vanity, it is another thing. sdf3syt

    classic ugg boots Juan Chi suddenly very tired, the whole person Shuidao on the deck, "In the past, you can drag and sisters rushed to break a small mansion."

    upside ugg boots Clever quick-witted stand-alone a thousand times, do not know how to Sister Advice, Juan Chi and muddy in exhaled breath.
    http://www.classiccardybootsshop.com Hey, the young man anxious and said: "We made an appointment to run away!"

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c