Allium tricoccum – Ramps

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Ramps (Allium tricoccum) are a native species of onion that can be found late March- early May in CT.
Ramps can be found in woodlands with rich, moist, well-drained soil. They usually grow under trees but get full sun since the leaves are not yet out.
Ramps have 1-3 leaves that attach to a white bulb underground. The leaves can grow up to a foot in length. The stalk sometimes has a reddish hue. All parts of the plant smell oniony when crushed.
Ramps are a native plant which is susceptible to over-harvesting. Less than 10% of leaves should be taken from each large cluster. It is recommended to take only 1 leaf per plant.
Ramps are edible raw or cooked. They have a sweet, mild onion taste when sautéed in butter.
Ramps can be used to make pasta, pesto, or ramp butter. They also dry very well.
Ramps were traditionally used as a spring tonic as they are loaded with vitamins and minerals.

Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

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