- Leaves that look like lily of the valley that are free of bruising or mushy leaves.
- Natural yellowing of the leaves will occur later in the season.
- The bulbs will have a pink tinge as they transition to the leaves.
- The bulbs become more bulbous later in the season.
- Cut the leaves from the bulb and store separately in a paper bag in a plastic bag.
- The bulbs will store for weeks in a plastic bag in the fridge. Be ware of storing loose ramps near any dairy products because the dairy will pick up the onion-y flavor.
- Ramp season is from first thaw until the trees in the woods leaf in. Look for them in lower-lying areas with good drainage.
- When digging ramps, place your spade near the root base and step down.
- Only remove half of the cluster of ramps. The full life cycle of ramps is about seven years and removing the entire cluster will lead to decreased regrowth and overharvesting.
- Ramps are the plant that give Chicago its name. Native American’s called ramps shikago and a lot of ramps grow in the Chicago region.
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