What is a ramp you ask? Well, ramps are a spring vegetable, from the onion family, kind of like a cross between a leek, a scallion and a small spring onion. The flavor is milder than a leek, but much more garlicy than a scallion. Unique, tasty and très gourmet.
The best thing about these little guys is that they can usually only be found at farmer’s markets, usually the first thing they sell out of. Adding to their gourmet appeal is the fact that they are only available for a brief period in the springtime. You snooze, you lose… the thrill of the chase… and excitement when you are able to procure a little bunch. I like to chop them up and sauté them with olive oil, salt, a dash of red pepper flakes and a teaspoon of red wine vinegar.