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The Culinary Delight of Ramps

Spring has arrived, and with it comes one of the season’s most treasured ingredients: ramps. These wild, foraged bulbs and greens are prized for their unique flavor and versatility. At the Culinary Vegetable Institute, we are excited to highlight ramps in all their glory, showcasing the various ways they can elevate your dishes.

Ramps, also known as wild leeks, are only available for a brief period in early spring. This seasonality makes them a highly anticipated ingredient among chefs and food enthusiasts alike. Their flavor profile is a delightful blend of garlic and onion, offering a pungent and aromatic quality that can transform any dish.

Bar Application:

Roasted Ramp Leaf: The leaves of the ramp are a versatile component. We roast the ramp leaves and dust them with a seasoning made from dried ramp leaf. This process intensifies their flavor, making them a perfect addition to various dishes.

Ramp Stem Yogurt: The stems are cooked hard and then mashed into yogurt, creating a creamy, tangy base that’s infused with the distinctive taste of ramps. This ramp stem yogurt can be used as a dip, a sauce, or even a marinade, adding a robust flavor to your culinary creations.

Pickled Ramp Bulb: The bulbs of the ramps are pickled to preserve their sharp, vibrant taste. Pickled ramps add a delightful crunch and acidity to salads, sandwiches, and charcuterie boards, offering a burst of springtime freshness.

Fine Dining Application:

Ramp Top Soup: A warming, savory soup made from ramp tops, sunchokes, and mushrooms. The earthy flavors of sunchokes and mushrooms complement the ramps, creating a harmonious blend of tastes that celebrates the essence of spring.

Banquet Application:

Ramp Top Pasta: Fresh pasta tossed with sautéed ramp tops. This dish is a simple yet sophisticated way to enjoy the subtle garlicky flavor of ramps, enhanced by the richness of olive oil and a sprinkle of Parmesan.

At The Culinary Vegetable Institute, we believe in the importance of the relationship between chef and farmer. This partnership allows us to bring the freshest ingredients from the fields directly to a plate. Discover the magic of ramps and let their vibrant flavors elevate your spring dishes.

Happy cooking!

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