Appalachian Thursday–Enjoy Some Ramps

ramps 18Ahhh, ramp season! I’ve been keeping my eye on the patch behind a neighbor’s house. They’re in Florida this time of year so, by default, that’s MY ramp patch.

Of course, I’m not really one for cooking what you’d call a mess of ramps. I’m more a fan of the idea of ramps. I’ve shared before that while I think foraged food is nifty, it’s not a major part of my diet. Shoot, my ancestors ate that stuff because they HAD to.

But I did eat some ramps last night. There’s something about spring that makes me crave simple egg and asparagus dishes. So, I roasted fresh asparagus and made a basic cheese omelette with a few ramps sauteed in the pan. Simple. Easy. Delicious and downright nutritious. Nothing like eating a plant that was in the ground 15 minutes before dinner.

Now, if you really want to purify your blood, what you do is boil up a pot full of ramps, douse ’em in vinegar with some salt and pepper, and eat them alongside ham, beans, and cornbread. If you’re like me, though, you’ll carefully clean five or six of those beauties, slice them, saute them in some butter, and then cover ’em up with eggs. And cheese. Season to taste and call that spring on a plate!

How about you–do you eat ramps? If so, how do you like them?

ramp omelette

6 thoughts on “Appalachian Thursday–Enjoy Some Ramps

  1. Ramps? That’s what we drive off of with our four wheel drives in our parts. No one I know forages in the forest around here unless it’s huckleberry picking. Hunting is a most definite. Greenery? Not that I know of. Only if it comes out of the garden or the farmer’s market.

  2. I’ve never heard of ramps, Sarah. Looks almost like wild onions that grow around here. Is it a little like lettuce? I’ve been reading The Sound of Rain again. Got tickled just now when Judd said he thinks he understood what people meant when they said something made them want to tear their hair out. 😄

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