Ramps: The Herb of Spring
Ramps are often an overlooked herb. Hence the reason they are called "the best kept secret." For those of you who do not know much about them, here is what you need to know. Ramps are wild herbs that are known for growing in damp areas throughout the Appalachian region and the northeastern United States. They have a strong and distinct flavor that is a combination of garlic and onion. They are only around for a small window of time in the spring and many people head to the woods to find them during this brief opportunity. If you want to learn more about ramps, be sure to check out the recently published cookbook, Ramps: Cooking with the Best Kept Secret of the Appalachian Trail.
After reading through the cookbook, I can’t wait to try out some of the ramp recipes. The recipes I'm most anxious to try are the Spicy Ramp Cheese Dip and Parsnip, Red Bell Pepper & Ramp Burritos. The many versatile uses for the ramp make it an exciting addition to the kitchen. Whether you’re in the mood for sweet or savory, there is a ramp recipe for you.