Time to Ramp It Up
In Wednesday's Post Points tip via e-mail, I mentioned that our area Wegmans stores were waiting to hear about if and when they'd be selling ramps, those wild leeks that grow in the great expanse of the Great Appalachian Valley.
The affirmative answer -- by next Thursday -- came from Richard Leibowitz. He's at Culinary Specialty Produce of Mountainside, N.J., a produce wholesaler.
You've probably seen ramps at farmers markets in the past week or so, and they should be around a bit longer. Leibowitz says they will arrive at Wegmans stores within 24 hours of harvest. The seasonal specialty thrives in the wild, but not so much in gardens or greenhouses: "Companies in California and other growers have tried to cultivate them, and they have failed," Leibowitz says.
Wegmans stores should have them in stock for the next 3 to 4 weeks.
P.S. I had an hors d'oeuvre with pickled ramps last night at a Slow Food event. Woo-hoo! Recipe coming next week.
-- Bonnie Benwick
The Food Section
May 1, 2009; 12:30 PM ET
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