The Elusive Ramps Appear

In the excitement of spotting ramps at the Dupont Circle farmers’ market last Sunday, I uh, forgot to take a picture of the ramps. Only got the sign.

Or maybe I was just taken aback by the price. These babies are pricey! (A “bunch” is not robust.)

Then again, I believe the window for these wild leeks is exceedingly small. Isn’t ramps season over by the summer? No wonder chefs treasure them and tremble at the mere mention of their name.

I’d like to understand more about ramps though — can they not be farmed like other vegetables?  Are they found only in the wild like truffles? Why is their season so short?

An interesting mystery, these ramps. Maybe I’ll buy a bunch this Sunday to see what the fuss is all about.

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