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:

http://www.richwooders.com/ramp/ramps.htm

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.

http://wildmanstevebrill.com/Plants.Folder/Ramp.html

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

Want to cook with ramps?

This site offers some recipes using ramps:

http://southernfood.about.com/cs/ramps/a/ramps.htm

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

http://www.epicurious.com/tools/searchresults?search=onion+ramps




5 Comments
  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 […]

    Pingback by Ramp Seed Heads, with My Own Eyes | mymountaingarden.com — September 30, 2008 @ 3:13 pm

  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:

    http://www.mymountaingarden.com/page/77/

    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:

    http://www.mymountaingarden.com/wp-content/uploads/ramps-pulled.jpg

    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. 

    Sincerely, 

    Ken Sarkozy
    269-381-9424  
    sarkozykal@earthlink.net

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

    http://www.wmich.edu/wmu/news/2002/0206/0102-421.html

    http://urscc.org/Ramptown.html

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

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