Best Wild Ramps Recipes

If you have never heard of wild ramps before, then you have been missing out! Also know as wild leeks, they are popular spring edible throughout Appalachia with a cult-like following. I’ve put together a list of the best recipes using ramps to inspire you to enjoy them in your kitchen!

If you have never heard of wild ramps before, then you have been missing out! Also know as wild leeks, they are popular spring edible throughout Appalachia with a cult-like following. I've put together a list of the best recipes using ramps to inspire you to enjoy them in your kitchen!

What are Wild Ramps

Wild Ramps are a member of the onion family: Allium tricoccum is a North American species of wild onion widespread across eastern Canada and the eastern United States. Many of the common English names for this plant are also used for other Allium species, particularly the similar Allium ursinum, which is native to Europe and Asia. They are also know as Wild Leeks. They are found in the spring in wooded areas with damp ground.

How to Pick Wild Ramps

Let me start by saying that there are generally 2 opinions when it comes to harvesting wild ramps; digging up the whole plant (including the underground bulb) or ONLY harvesting 1-2 leaves from each plant.

The best practices when harvesting ramps depends on the location where you are picking them. There is no universal one-size-fits-all rule.

With their recent popularity, some areas are seeing over harvesting of ramps which has caused the need for very selective and cautious harvesting in order to retain their sustainability in that area. This requires ramp pickers to leave the bulbs in the ground and only take a 1-2 leaves, to ensure that the ramp plant can reach maturity and drop it’s seeds, continuing it’s life cycle.

However, there are MANY areas where ramps are still growing in abundance and dare I say, even considered an invasive species. In those areas, such as ours, we are able to harvest the entire plant without a risk of damaging the ramp population.

If you don’t have a ramp patch to harvest your own, don’t worry! You can often find a bunch of ramps at your local farmers market or higher end grocery during the spring months thanks to many foragers sharing their bounty!

Man holding a basket of freshly dug wild leeks Ramps

How to Clean Wild Ramps

Cleaning whole wild leeks is no different than cleaning any other freshly picked bulb like an onion or shallot. You’ll want to rinse off the dirt, try using a garden hose to get some good water pressure the mud, dirt and outter skin will come off easily. Then trim the roots and give them a final rinse in the sink.

weck jar holding a bunch of fresh wild leeks ramps

To clean ramp leaves, treat them as you would any green like spinach, kale or lettuce. Rinse in cool water then spin dry in a salad spinner.

Ramp leaves in salad spinner with hands on the side

How to Store Wild Ramps

Perhaps a better heading to this section is, “how to store ramps in your refrigerator so that they don’t completely stink up everything.” because it’s a really awful thing when that happens and what most often people are dealing with.

There are 3 ways that we store ramps; Whole Ramps, Ramp Bulbs and Ramp green leaves.

We store whole cleaned ramps and ramp greens the same way; in a vegetable storage container. We’ve found that they keep very well for 1-2 weeks.

As for cleaned and cut ramp bulbs, they tend to be the most ‘stinky’ therefore they are best stored in an air tight container IN WATER.

How to eat Wild Ramps

Ramps can be eaten both raw as well as cooked. The whole plant, just like an onion, is edible and delicious, with the most pungent flavor in the largest bulbs.

And we’re finally at the part of the post that you probably came to read, right?!?! I’ve gathered all the best recipes using ramps and put them together in one easy to find post.

Best Ramp Recipes for Breakfast

Although notoriously pungently flavored, ramps are delicious for breakfast too! Easily cooked in a scrambled egg or sauté in hash brown potatoes.

Smoked Salmon and Ramp Stuffed Omelet {Low-Carb, Keto & Primal}
Smoked Salmon and Ramp Stuffed Omelet
A wonderful spring treat, my smoked salmon and wild ramp stuffed omelet is a delicious way to start your day!

Best Ramp Appetizer & Snack Recipes

Ramp stuffed crescent on a white plate with whole, wild ramps on the left side. blue background
Ramp Filled Crescents
Using refrigerate crescent roll dough makes my Ramp Filled Crescents a breeze to make! Loaded with wild ramp flavor paired with cream cheese and gouda, these will be on repeat all throughout ramp season!
Ramp Fritters (aka Wild Leeks)
Gluten Free Wild Ramp Fritters
It was love at first bite, these Gluten Free Wild Ramp Fritters are a delicious and creative way to use springs best wild foraged treat!
Ham Cheddar and Ramp Scones {Gluten-Free}
Ham & Cheddar Scones with Wild Ramps
These Ham & Cheddar Scones with Wild Ramps are the perfect Spring treat. Filled with leftover Easter ham and fresh picked wild leeks (aka Ramps), these scones are perfect for anytime of the day.
Ramp Crackers
Creme Fraiche Ramp Crackers
 My Creme Fraiche Ramp Crackers are a fun gourmet-foodie play on the popular sour cream & chive flavor combination. They are Low-Carb, Gluten-Free and Primal Friendly, made with only 4 healthy ingredients.
Spring Wild Ramp Spread Recipe
My spring wild ramp spread recipe is easy and delicious. Perfect spread on fresh baked bread or on crackers! 

Best Ramp Salad Dressing Recipes

Sweet Wild Ramp Dressing by Health Starts in the Kitchen
Sweet Ramp Dressing
Perfect balance of tart and sweet, blended into a creamy salad dressing. Much like a sweet onion or vadilia onion dressing, this Sweet Wild Ramp Dressing will quickly become your favorite part of spring!
Ramp'd-Up Ranch Dressing & Dip
Wild Ramp Ranch Dressing Recipe
This delicious Wild Ramp Ranch Dressing Recipe is a fun twist on your favorite salad dressing. A fun and easy way to enjoy wild leeks with your dinner tonight! 

Best Ramp Side Dish Recipes

white rice with ramps on the side in a grey bowl
Ramp Rice Recipe
Fluffy, perfectly cooked rice spiked with the flavor of wild Ramps, My Ramp Rice Recipe is the perfect spring side dish.
creamed wild ramp greens feature
Creamed Ramp Greens Recipe
Creamy, cheesy and delicious, My Creamed Ramp Greens Recipe is the easiest way to enjoy ramp greens! Makes a great side dish to steak or any meal that you'd normally enjoy creamed spinach. This recipe is Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Low-Carb & Keto Friendly. 

Best Ramp Soup Recipes

Morel Ramp Potato Chowder in a white bowl on a marble background
Morel Ramp Potato Chowder
This Morel Ramp Potato Chowder Recipe combines amazing spring flavors into a hearty creamy soup is great for those chilly spring days! Gluten-Free, Grain-Free & Vegetarian Friendly.
Easy Sausage Tortellini Soup with Ramp Greens
Easy Sausage Tortellini Soup with Ramp Greens
Cheese tortellini and sliced sausage in chicken broth, generously seasoned with fresh spring ramp greens. A shockingly delicous combination of flavors which will remind you of Chinese Restaurant Won-Ton Soup only better!
The Best Soup of Spring; Easy Morel Mushroom and Ramp Chowder
The Best Soup of Spring; Easy Morel Mushroom and Ramp Chowder
The Best Soup of Spring; Easy Morel Mushroom and Ramp Chowder only takes minutes to make but tastes like a gourmet treat with sautéed morel mushrooms and ramps swimming in a creamy parmesan cheese spiked broth. And it's Keto, Low-Carb and Gluten-Free, too!
Wild & Wonderful Ramp Chowder {Gluten-Free with Dairy-Free & Vegan Options)
Wild & Wonderful Ramp Chowder
My Wild and Wonderful Ramp Chowder is the perfect way to celebrate Ramp Season! Paired with cheddar cheese and heavy cream the delicious wild leek flavor is exceptional in this soup. Gluten-Free with dairy-free options included.

Best Ramp Main Dish Recipes

gray background with a gray bowl, holding sautéed green, rice and pork chops topped with a parmesan sauce with ramps and morels
Pork Chops with Morel Ramp Cream Sauce
My Pork Chops with Creamy Morel Ramp Sauce is the perfect dinner to celebrate spring! Served with ramp rice and sautéed ramp greens for a easy and delicious meal.
Ramp and Anchovy Carbonara Pasta
Wild Ramp Pasta Carbonara with Anchovies
Wild Ramp Pasta Carbonara with Anchovies
Venison & Ramp Stir-Fry {Gluten-Free}
Venison Stir-Fry with Wild Ramps
My Venison Stir-Fry with Wild Ramps is the perfect way to transform simple ingredients into a delicious Chinese take-out style meal at home!  If you don't have a freezer full of venison (like us) or freshly foraged wild ramps – Don't worry! You can also make this dish with beef and scallions/green onions and it will be just as delicious!
Crispy Chicken Thighs with Morel Mushroom, Ramp and Kale Cream Sauce {Low-Carb & Primal}
Crispy Chicken Thighs with Morel Mushrooms & Wild Ramps
A delicious way to celebrate spring, my Crispy Chicken Thighs with Morel Mushrooms & Wild Ramps is a meal that your whole family will enjoy!

Wild Ramp FAQs

What exactly do Ramps Taste like?

Let me be honest with you when I say that wild ramps are a very pungent member of the onion family. Many remark them as a combination of garlic and onion only stronger than both.

What can I use instead of Ramps?

Instead of ramps in most recipes a good substitute is a combination of green onion and garlic. You can also use wild onion or wild garlic too.

What other vegetables are in season with Ramps?

Ramps are most often available starting down south in early April, May and in some northern places, June. You can find them at the same time as asparagus, radishes, spring onions, etc.

What part of ramps are edible?

The entire ramp plant, minus the roots, are edible. Both the underground bulb as well as the tender leaves.

Are Ramps the same as wild garlic?

No, wild garlic is not the same as wild ramps.

One last thing before you go, I’m going to be continuing to update this post over the next few weeks (May 2022) so there are a few recipes you may be looking for but haven’t been included yet – like pickled ramps, ramp pesto, ramp compound butter, etc … don’t worry they will be added very soon, too!!

If you love these Delicious Ramp Recipes, you might like these Morel Mushroom Recipes too:

If you have never heard of wild ramps before, then you have been missing out! Also know as wild leeks, they are popular spring edible throughout Appalachia with a cult-like following. I've put together a list of the best recipes using ramps to inspire you to enjoy them in your kitchen!

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