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In search of ramps

NoMoreSnuggles May 13, 2013 11:45 AM

I'm not sure why these are so exotic here. Haven't checked the Trout Lake market yet. Has anyone seen them there? If so, which vendor(s)?

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    StarryFork Jun 11, 2013 10:41 PM

    They had pickled ramps on the fried chicken plate last time I was at Burdock & Co., a few weeks ago.

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      amelieducroix Jun 11, 2013 05:57 PM

      Acorn on Main has them on the menu right now.

      1. porker May 23, 2013 11:45 AM

        FWIW, here's Mario Batali on ramps in the Chicago Tribune the other day...
        http://articles.chicagotribune.com/20...

        1. fmed May 22, 2013 10:42 PM

          Just heard that Mikuni sells ramps http://mikuni.myshopify.com/products/...
          (Ignore that weird url - it isn't chanterelle)

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            NoMoreSnuggles May 23, 2013 09:47 AM

            Thanks for the tip!

          2. flowbee May 17, 2013 04:41 PM

            Wildebeest has ramps with their 14oz Pork Chop tonight!

            1. Ruthie789 May 14, 2013 02:08 AM

              Even restaurants have them in limited supply. In Quebec it is illegal to sell them and the harvest is controlled. See link below:

              http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/...

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                NoMoreSnuggles May 14, 2013 09:43 AM

                Thanks for the link! I've seen them a lot in the north eastern US and started seeing them on trips to California so I was curious.

              2. fmed May 13, 2013 10:55 PM

                Ramps is more of an Eastern US thing. That's where it grows. I've seen it here. Perhaps Whole Foods or wherever they sell overhyped stuff.

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                  eatrustic May 13, 2013 11:54 PM

                  I always remember reading restaurant reviews from back East and every Spring ramps were the big item along with morels and I'd salivate at the mention of "Fresh Halibut with a Ramp, and Morel beurre blanc" - and when I had it at one Spring for lunch at Gramercy Tavern in New York it was really, really good!

                  Like every "first of the season" food, they are in danger of being over-hyped - but I'd have to give fiddle heads the crown in that category- meh.

                  1. re: fmed
                    porker May 14, 2013 02:37 AM

                    Me thinks you hit it on the head - it grows in the east (as far west as Manitoba). Check out the distribution map here
                    http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?s...
                    It is not cultivated, but a foraged item susceptible to overharvesting and does not store well (perishability requires refrigeration).
                    All add, I assume, to its exoticness out west.

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                      reiney May 14, 2013 08:32 PM

                      FWIW - I know it likely doesn't help the OP but I did buy them 2 weeks ago in Pike Market in Seattle (flown in from the east coast).

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