Recipe: Pickled Ramps
Ramps are wild onions that are foraged in the spring. The edible leaves taper to a pencil-shaped shaft with a faint purple stain where the two meet. Because of their narrow shape, they are often grilled or quickly sauteed.
- Vinegar (price is directly related to quality)
- Spices (coriander seeds, bay leaf, clove, dried chile flakes, and black peppercorns)
- For ramps, use a white vinegar (i.e. champagne, white wine) to preserve the color, and add water to taste.
- Bring the vinegar, water, and spices to a boil, then add the trimmed ramps (roots removed and wash in plenty of water to remove grit).
- Plunge in simmering pickling liquid till white ends are tender when pierced with a paring knife.
- Remove ramps and cool cooking liquid, then fully submerge ramps in pickling liquid and refrigerate until ready to eat.