May 17th, 2008 at 7:48 am
Posted By: gardenguru
Posted in: Growing Vegetables,Recipes

Ramps are a prized onion in this area. A friend gave me some, and I planted the small ones. Last year I found a new patch that appeared on its own. They have a very strong taste, but are delicious in meatloaf after they’ve been sauted, as well as in many other recipes. I had never heard of them until I moved here. These pungent plants are even honored with a Ramp Festival in this town.

We are not the only mountain town to have a Ramp Festival, as is evident in this web site:

My ramps are now inundated with hostas. Every year I dig out some, but numerous ramps appear first. I also pull English Ivy away from them. I also try to transplant some to new places each year. Some are even traveling to Missouri this year.

I’ll watch very closely this year to see if I can see my ramps send up seeds. They certainly multiply and spread, but I’ve never seen what this site shows.

You can see that each ramp also multiplies from the bulb.

Want to cook with ramps?

This site offers some recipes using ramps:

Even my favorite recipe site, Epicurious, has ramp recipes.

  1. […] I did the previous post on ramps (Ramps, Prized Onion of the Mountains) the links I found surprised me.  I had never seen the seed heads.  It must have been all the […]

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  2. I would like to use one of your photos with an article I’m working on Pennsylvania Magazine. Could you please e-mail me about it? Thanks.

    Comment by Jim Rada — December 4, 2010 @ 6:48 am

  3. The seeds are actually produced a while after the leaves have already died.

    Comment by FranklinRad — February 18, 2011 @ 1:30 am

  4. Thanks for the comment. I did finally see them. Here is the posting:

    Comment by gardenguru — February 19, 2011 @ 9:58 am

  5. I am working with Dr. Michael Nassaney, Archaeology Professor at Western Michigan University in a Partnership Program with the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, on an exhibit dealing with the Underground Railroad in Michigan. In part, the exhibit will deal with archaeological work at a location locally called “Ramptown” that was a settlement of freed and escaped slaves, beginning in the mid-1800s. 

    In doing research for the project, I noticed the photograph on your website at:

    I would very much like to use the photo “Ramps-Pulled” as part of our exhibit. Is that possible? Of course, we would cite your organization as being the provider of the photo. If that is possible, can you tell me how I can obtain a high-res, digital copy of it? Any help you can offer will be most appreciated. 


    Ken Sarkozy

    P.S.  There is additional information about Ramptown at these sites:

    Comment by Ken Sarkozy — April 11, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

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