Ramps, Garlic and Dandelions

18 Apr

ramps 002It’s finally feeling like spring, and that means its foraging time. The ramps are up! The garlic has been uncovered and the green tips are up, the winter onions are up. Time for some omelets!

We have ramps growing among the raspberry canes. For years I thought they were garlic seeds gone wild, but I was informed they are really in the onion family, Allium tricoccum. Apparently in New York City, chefs are bonkers over them making all kinds of fancy dishes.

rampsMy recipe is not fancy just a pile of wild dandelions sautéed in a little butter with ramps. The flavor is so good, pungent and tangy. This is also yummy over a thin pizza crust. Lots of vitamin C in dandelions!

As for the ramps, you have to get them early while they are young and tender, because soon they become tough and bitter.

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