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!
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.
These are going to taste great with beans!!