Just cooked a bunch of ramps and really enjoyed reading about them.
An article in the April 20 New York Times food section reveals concerns about over-harvesting ramps in the wild. Some sources recommend harvesting no more than 10% of the bed in a given year. Ramps have been declared a threatened species in some areas. However, officials in New York State say ramps are not being over-harvested in our state. That may well be because the plant is less known and somewhat less sought after in the northern states. That is, despite the ramp-rage in NYC restaurants and farmer’s markets.
It’s common sense not to decimate a wild patch – but just how much can you safely harvest and what other approaches can you take to make sure you are treating your wild plants sustainably? The answers are controversial and unscientific at this point. Consider the following options: Take only the largest bulbs (and therefore oldest plants). Watch for the tiny…
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