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big_river_bum  
#11 Posted : Wednesday, May 1, 2019 12:02:08 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: ilikefood Go to Quoted Post
For those of you who haven't picked ramps before, please pick only a couple ramps from each clump. They are apparently slow growing and slow propagating; over harvest can decimate a local population. When picking ramps, if I find a clump of 10-20 ramps, I pick one or two and move to the next clump. Each year I go back, I pick from a different area of the forest to ensure that I have ramps for decades to come.



yup. i've heard over harvest has hurt them badly in Appalachia where they have festivals and stuff celebrating their harvest season(kind of like morels around here)

there were hundreds in the stands i found and would pick 2 or 3 from each cluster of 4 to 6 plants


i try to dig and cut them so that the roots stay in place. don't know if that helps. read about people suggesting only harvesting the leafs, but then whats the point?
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#12 Posted : Wednesday, May 1, 2019 12:05:16 AM(UTC)
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I dont care for them but maybe just havent prepared them right.


i lightly caramelized a bunch last night and had them with steak. Drool

split that bunch from the pic up and gave my grandma, dad, and mom all some
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#13 Posted : Wednesday, May 1, 2019 12:38:01 AM(UTC)
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I've always wanted to try them just not sure I'm finding the right stuff they almost look like hosta leafs.
ilikefood  
#14 Posted : Wednesday, May 1, 2019 12:08:41 PM(UTC)
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I've always wanted to try them just not sure I'm finding the right stuff they almost look like hosta leafs.


They also look like lily leaves. The trout lily can look fairly similar. The best way to identify a ramp is to break off a leave and smell it. Does it smell like onions/garlic/funk? If so, then it could be a ramp.
What was big was not the trout, but the chance. What was full was not my creel, but my memory.
- Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, p. 40 (Oxford University Press, 1949).
Twill89  
#15 Posted : Wednesday, May 1, 2019 12:28:45 PM(UTC)
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I’d advocate for only harvesting the green leaf, and leaving the bulb in the ground. This greatly helps with propagation, and the leaf still has that great flavor.

Also, they are great fermented (same as sauerkraut), and then can be enjoyed all year!

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