Pickled Ramps! Yes, friends! Ramps, also known as wild leeks are only available in the spring. Pickling is a way to preserve this wonderful foraged goodness for a little while longer!
The inspiration behind this recipe:
A week or so ago I received a private Facebook message from my nephew by marriage who has a source for ramps, (also known as wild leeks) in northern Wisconsin and asked if I wanted any.
I did not have to think too long and hard on that one! I had only heard about ramps but never had the opportunity to try them so I was pretty eager to accept his offer.
What are ramps?
Ramps are the “holy grail” of foraged food and highly prized among foraging enthusiasts. They’re mostly available across the Eastern mountainous United States, but it appears they’ve made their way to northern Wisconsin.
They resemble a scallion at the bottom but have edible, green leafy tops. The tops are great for pesto and braised or sauteed like any other green. Their flavor is quite unique–oniony with a hint of garlic.
Pickling these flavorful beauties is a way to preserve their goodness after ramp season has passed. I adapted this recipe for pickled ramps from Serious Eats.
How to make Pickled Ramps:
- First, clean them up and trim to fit inside a 1-quart jar.
- The brine is super-simple! Combine everything in a saucepan and heat to boiling.
- Pour the brine over the ramps, push them down a bit so they are all submerged, let cool and then refrigerate.
And wait several days. Okay, waiting could be the hardest part. However, I did sneak one and….
So good! I think I’m in love!
For more quick-pickled vegetables, try my:
- Quick Pickled Beets with Dill
- Quick Pickled Brussels Sprouts with Jalapeno
- Pickled Grape (or Cherry) Tomatoes
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- 1 pound ramps (wild leeks), cleaned and washed
- 2 cups distilled white vinegar
- 1 ½ cups water
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- ¼ cup salt (or to taste)
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon yellow or brown mustard seeds
- 6 whole allspice berries
- 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Trim the tops from the ramps and reserve for another use. Pack the ramps into a wide-mouth jar with lid.
- Combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, whisking until sugar and salt are completely dissolved.
- Pour hot brine over ramps, pushing them down so they are covered by the brine.
- Place the lid on the jar and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Refrigerate for 1-2 weeks before consuming.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3563mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 1gSugar: 39gProtein: 0g
The nutritional information above is computer-generated and only an estimate. Please do your own research with the products you're using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.