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In search of ramps

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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    1. 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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      1. re: fmed

        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

          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.

          1. re: fmed

            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).

          2. 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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            1. re: Ruthie789

              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. Wildebeest has ramps with their 14oz Pork Chop tonight!

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

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