Whitetop Ramp Festival!

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A wild ramp is an early spring vegetable, a perennial wild onion with a strong garlic-like odor and a pronounced onion flavor. The ramp has strong associations with the folklore of the central Appalachian Mountains. Fascination and humor have fixated on the plant’s extreme pungency. The mountain folk of Appalachia have long celebrated spring with the arrival of the ramp, believing it to have great power as a tonic to ward off many ailments of winter. Indeed, ramp’s vitamin and mineral content did bolster the health of people who went without many green vegetables during the winter. 

Well, I’d never even heard of a ramp until I moved here, so I was anxious to see what all the fuss was about! The festivities included vendors, live bluegrass music, a ramp eating contest, and chicken dinner with taters n’ ramps!

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These onion-esque veggies are ramps. They tasted like a cross between garlic and onion, and were DELICIOUS!                                 (good thing I love both garlic and onions!)                                                                                                                                               They were nice and crisp, and added a lot of flavor when eaten with the green beans and potatoes.

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We liked ’em so much we even bought some fresh out of the ground. 🙂 Image

These are going to taste great with beans!!

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4 thoughts on “Whitetop Ramp Festival!

  1. Molly I am sooo glad that you got to try them and liked them.. we love them too and dig some from the mountains every spring . They freeze well and we use them over the summer too! If all goes well I will be posting a ramp soup recipe this week and I have other ideas on how to cook with them on my blog if you are interested. looks like a great time ! Jolynn

    • I’m very interested! We are actually going to have some more tonight! I look forward to seeing and sharing your recipe! Are the greens good to eat when cooked?

      • YEA they are wonderful we eat the whole thing… some times when they get wilted for some reason we cut them off but in general we all of the plant… you can also plant the roots to grow your own… need a hill with morning sun and slight shade like under a canapy of trees. and you can have a forest floor full in a few years

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