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Ramps...and not the kind for sweet jumps.
« on: May 08, 2020, 09:57:29 AM »
[Note to moderators: I originally considered putting this in Off Topic, but it's something that's rather specific to Appalachia/Region 6. Apologies if I chose poorly.]

How many of you, at one point or another, have seen signs for "fresh ramps" or "Ramp Festival Today!" while riding in WV in the spring? I know we certainly did a few years ago when we had a spring meet at Hawks Nest SP. I remember Googling them when we got back to the lodge to figure out what the hell a ramp was! (It's a wild leek.)

Well, apparently there's a patch of them around these parts because a neighbor-friend and her husband went ramp collecting on Wednesday and offered them up to a few of us. I picked up my allotment this morning. They smell really good - a mix between green onions and garlic. I am planning to make ramp butter with them, which is good on bread, on steaks and seafood, tucked under chicken skin before roasting a hen, and mixed into pasta. I am so excited!

For more information about ramps, check out this NPR article: https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2013/05/08/182354602/in-the-land-of-wild-ramps-its-festival-time

Has anyone else in the region dabbled in ramps? Do you have other recipes/ways to prepare them you'd recommend?
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Re: Ramps...and not the kind for sweet jumps.
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2020, 10:25:23 AM »
Nope.  But I wish I could find a patch of Schaff, it’s a sour green less bitter than collard greens.  Used to pick it from a patch outback my grandfathers garage.  Makes great soup, sort of like escarole, but sweeter.   

America is losing a lot of these traditional foods.  Keep up the good work. 
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Re: Ramps...and not the kind for sweet jumps.
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2020, 11:39:07 AM »
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Re: Ramps...and not the kind for sweet jumps.
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2020, 02:03:10 PM »
I never heard of the term ramps, but I know what they are and they grow in my yard. i use them in a few things I cook. And it is different than onions or garlic, its more savory and perhaps less acidy
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Re: Ramps...and not the kind for sweet jumps.
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2020, 02:03:43 PM »
In the UK, we call them either wild garlic or Ransoms-seems like Ramps is a derivative of old English.

The Romans brought them to Britain as a flavouring. Now, they are everywhere.  Did the colonists bring them over to the US?

Edit-these are wild leeks, not wild garlic. Interesting. Loads of them here.
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Re: Ramps...and not the kind for sweet jumps.
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2020, 08:03:43 PM »
Slayman and I enjoyed a ramp burger in Seneca Rocks tonight. Delicious!
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Re: Ramps...and not the kind for sweet jumps.
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2020, 12:19:54 PM »
A bit too pungent for me. However yes I see pickups on the side of the road occasionally with "Ramps" signage.
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Re: Ramps...and not the kind for sweet jumps.
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Re: Ramps...and not the kind for sweet jumps.
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2020, 05:11:17 PM »
Always got them during the Webster springs paddle fest.

Be careful they are notorious for giving you gas.  Think asparagus and pee.