May 4, 2015

Foraging for Ramps

Here in the Northeast, it’s ramps season.

Ramps, also known as wild leeks or by its botanical name, Allium tricoccum, is a North American species of wild onion. If you’re unfamiliar with this edible, its taste is a combination of pungent onions and garlic. Although first treasured by early settlers as a spring tonic, ramps have become even more popular in recent years among chefs and home cooks.

My niece, Sophie, recently foraged for ramps - the bright green leaves with purple to burgundy tinted stems that grow wild in moist forest areas near streams and under trees.

Here are some photos and some interesting tips on these delectable greens.