Pssst! This is Part 2 in a 5 part series filled with tips, tricks, recipes and more to help you make the most of this glorious Spring bounty. Check out the full series here and follow along as we play with our food, and don’t forget to join the conversation on our Facebook Group.
Often referred to as “spring leeks” or “wild leeks,” ramps have a lovely flavor combination of garlic and onion and are perfectly suited for spring dishes. They’re only available for a few limited weeks a year, so when you see them (likely at your local farmers market and occasionally at places like Whole Foods) be sure to scoop them up! They’re a coveted sign of Spring in the food community, so don’t be surprised if you have to throw a few elbows to get that last bunch.
Ramps contain quercetin, a plant pigment (flavanoid) that not-so-coincidentally helps combat seasonal allergies. It also acts as a powerful anti-oxidant, combating damaging free radicals that cause disease. Quercetin is anti-inflammatory, so it particularly helpful for arthritis and asthma sufferers. For anyone wishing to improve heart health and prevent atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, and circulation problems, include quercetin-containing foods in your diet (including onions, cruciferous vegetables, berries, and many nuts and seeds).
–Fabulous Ramp Recipes and Reads–
Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Ramps (Eater)
What Are Ramps Anyway? (Huffington Post)
Wild Ramp Pesto (Food52)
Simple Asparagus Ramp Soup + Rustic Spelt Bread (Nutrition Stripped) *we riff on this by subbing in our favorite paleo bread recipe.
Grilled Ramps with Asapargus (Edamam)
Pickled Ramps (Saveur) *Sub coconut sugar for cane sugar, and feel free to reduce it to taste… we think 1 tbsp is great.
Miraculous Rice-less Risotto with Ramps and Asparagus (my new roots)
Daikon + Zucchini Noodles with Ramp Tahini, Crispy Shiitakes, + Pickled Ramps (What’s Cooking Good Looking)
Roast Chicken with Ramps, Lemon, and Honey (Milk & Mode)
Paleo, Whole 30, Vegan Friendly, AIP, GAPS