Wild onions, otherwise known as “ramps,” are available for just a few weeks in early spring. Their foliage dies off as soon as there is shade from new leaves of higher trees. Ramps grow in soft soil, it seems just a little up the hill from streams and rivers.
These beautiful wild onions are identified by their parallel veins and beautiful purple or burgundy stem, the bulb is white. Ramps taste a little bit like and onion and an little bit like garlic.
Harvesting sustainable is important! Because these plants take years to grow from seed, never take the whole plant and be mindful of leaving the patch in tact.
Ramps are delicious in souffles, or sauteed with other spring vegetables or chicken.