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If you've lived in the Northeastern US, you're probably aware of those few weeks of giddy excitement every spring when freshly harvested wild ramps start showing up at all the farmers markets and on restaurant menus.
Ramps have been quite resistant to commercial cultivation, partially because they can take up to 7 years to reach maturity. As a result, their famously savory, earthy allium flavor is a short-lived seasonal delight. Not anymore.
Origin: Adirondack Mountains, NY
- Process: Dehydrated
- Ingredients: 100% dried wild ramps, leaves (Allium tricoccum)
- Tasting notes: Green Garlic • Caramelized Onion • Springtime
- Sprinkle over cooked rice, cheese, pastas and wherever else your heart desires
- Drop a handful into broths, stocks and clear soups
- Toss with fresh veggies before roasting
- Pairs well with: Ground Cinnamon Verum, New Harvest Turmeric, Wild Mountain Cumin
Our wild ramps were hand-picked in a sugar maple forest in NY's Adirondack mountains in May 2020.
Ramps are a wild onion, one of the first forest plants to mature every spring. They need altitude, rich loamy soil, low temperatures, sunlight and space to grow.
These conditions exist for only a few weeks in mid-spring - before the ground has warmed up, before the other plants have crowded them out and blocked the sun.
Ramps propagate slowly and can take several years before they mature to their full size. They grow in clusters on the forest floor, especially around the bases of old-growth trees.
One of the challenges with ramps is how to harvest this slow-growing wild plant sustainably. We opted to pick only the leaves (and not the bulbs, which will re-grow new leaves every year) and to only harvest a small percentage of plants from each cluster.
Our ramp leaves were foraged on the land reserve where New Leaf Tree Syrups tap trees for their excellent maple, birch, and other tree syrups.
They were hand-picked by a group of H2A agricultural experts from Jamaica who also tap maple trees for syrup and maintain upstate NY's extensive apple orchards.
Meet the Forager: That's Omar in the photo above. Omar is a carpenter back home in Jamaica, but for the last few years he's been spending the late winter/early spring in the Adirondacks, snowshoeing through the woods, setting taps in thousands of maple trees.
This year, he and his colleagues got stuck in upstate NY - because of the pandemic, he wasn't able to return to Jamaica as planned.
We were lucky enough to have his help harvesting ramps (which he also likes to add to broths, curries and other dishes).
Adds so much flavor!!
I have ordered almost a dozen spices. Every one has so much aroma and flavor. I cook a lot of Indian food and always went to Indian groceries for fresh spices. These are way better.
Wasn’t really entirely sure what these were (I may have just been trying to get free shipping with the rest of my order?) but a sprinkle of this dried allium brings such a lift to soo many things I’ve cooked or served lately—avocado toast; yogurt-based dips; popcorn; ramen; so-so chicken that became remarkable with this, squeeze of lemon and smoked salt at the end...I keep writing gushing reviews about Burlap and Barrel because I am a new customer that has just become completely won over by the quality and politics of this company. Bravo!
Every time I open the bottle and take a deep breath my heart sings! I love ramps and am thrilled I can sprinkle these on risottos and blend into fromage blanc all year. Special thanks to Omar! Sorry you got stuck here but so grateful you did. Stay healthy, stay safe!
I live in California and have never tasted wild ramps, although I have heard about east coast folks going crazy over them every year. These are all I ever imagined. I wish I had ordered more.