The weather has all of a sudden become irresistibly warm and I keep finding myself surprised that I don’t need to wear a jacket, or scarf, to spend time outside anymore! Many, many, ohhhh so many consecutive cold months will do that to a person.
We took our first spring family hike a few days ago and though the trees are still pretty bare, we managed to catch the trilliums in bloom and the ramps in abundance.
Have you ever tried a ramp? It’s basically a very small but strong-tasting wild leek; they grow in forested areas around here, are considered a delicacy and, most importantly, a true beacon of spring. We brought a mini trowel along with us and filled a shopping bag with ramps (you can imagine how
fantastic pungent the car-ride home was with these babies nestled in the back).
Last night I made a ramp pesto to go with spaghetti and I’m going to attempt to pickle the rest. Here’s how to identify wild ramps and here, my friends, are a few more photos from our afternoon (full disclosure: I got lazy; we didn’t bring our camera which I immediately regretted, so this was my first time snapping pictures in a pinch with my phone and you know what? They turned out… eh, passable? The trees kind of look like a digital backdrop).
(not a ramp)
Chris, forager extraordinaire.
The bounty back home. Beauty. Now to start in on our own garden… xx Shanan