Freaky Fruit: Ramps
Unusual local bounty is starting to appear at the farmers market. Here’s a vegetable I’d never seen before….
Ramps Ramp Up
Baby scallions. That’s what ramps look like. They started ramping up about three weeks ago at the farmers market. Ramps are in season for about a month, so consumers should hurry if they want to try them.
Ramps are great additions to omelets and pasta, but of course they should be sautéed first, said the farmer. He advised chopping the white part – the stem and the small bulb on the bottom – very fine and the leaves coarsely.
Ramps, also known as wild leeks, have a “strong oniony, garlicky taste,” according to the farmer. They come with a tangle of short white roots. Ramps are selling for $2.50 a batch at the farmers market.
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