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Ramps: Harvesting//Ramp Pesto//Dehydrated Ramp Powder

It's May and the height of Spring foraging season is upon us! I recently took a woodsy walk in upstate in New York and happened to be in the right place at the right time for ramps. This allium is highly coveted but often improperly or over-harvested. They can take 7 years to cultivate, so I was sure to take these steps to harvest more sustainably:





1) Only take what I absolutely needed


2) Cut from above the earth without touching the bulb or roots (to avoid ending the ramp's life cycle)


3) Only take 1 leaf from bundles of two


4) Only take from areas where the ramps are plentiful and grow in multiples


5) Leave plenty for others!




ramp pesto:

Ramps

EVOO

Lemon juice

Toasted pine nuts (toast in a pan until they start to brown)

Parmesan

S&P


Directions:

Blanch ramps for 30 seconds. This will help avoid browning and slightly extend the shelf life. Remove and dry, squeezing out all the excess liquid. To a food processor, add all ingredients together and blend. Serve immediately or keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.



Dehydrated ramp powder

The remaining ramps were used to test out this dehydrated ramp powder. In the future I hope to make a larger batch, but I figured I'd experiment with what I had left.


Directions:

Thoroughly wash the ramps and pat dry. Lay flat on a baking sheet or pan. If you have a dehydrator, set to 140 degrees and dehydrate overnight. If you're dehydrating in an oven like me, the lowest most ovens will go is about 170 degrees which will also do the trick, but just make sure to keep a closer eye on them. Mine took about 5-6 hours in the oven.


Once the ramps are completely dehydrated, place in a food processor or spice grinder and blend/grind until it becomes a smooth powder. This can be added to steaks, seafood, stir-fries, really anywhere you'd want to incorporate the ramp's garlicky, floral, earthy flavor.


Full video below, where you can see me spend 6 hours waiting for probably 10 individual ramp leaves to dehydrate into 1 tablespoon of powder.





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