I had my first taste of ramps for the season at Hellbender Burritos in Davis tonight. Their special was a Ramp and Cheese Quesadilla with ranch dressing…it was great! I prefer my ramps cooked as in the quesadilla. If you’ve never had a ramp, it’s the first harbinger of spring here in the mountains of West Virginia. It tastes like a garlicky green onion and is delicious in eggs, quiche, and potatoes or anything else you’d like to put onions in… Some people eat them raw too, but they are pretty strong that way and give your breath quite a unique aroma.
Ramps grow right out the back door here in Canaan Valley, WV. This time of year, I’m craving fresh greens and eating ramps is one way to fill that void. I love the green tops of the ramps, as much as the onion like bulb at the bottom. We have ramps available during the Springtime and then they are done growing and go to seed.
For more ideas of things to do with ramps check out these websites:
http://www.rampfarm.com This one has pictures and is a local WV provider of ramps
http://www.starchefs.com/features/ramps/html/index.shtml This site has some recipe ideas from chefs who use them in their restaurants.