Monday, April 30, 2012

Foraging: Identifying and Sustainably Harvesting Ramps

Identification difficulty level: Novice

Allium tricoccum, called sometimes wild leeks, spring onions, wood leeks, or ramson, but most commonly known as the ramp or Ramps, are one of the most sought after wild foods.

Recently "discovered" by the gourmet world, Martha Stewart, the New York Times, the Food Network, and more have just learned what foragers and people of the Appalachian mountains have known for generations. . .that Ramps are the delicacy of the onion family! 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Foraged Garlic Mustard Gyoza Recipe

 I am not lying when I say that my garlic mustard gyoza are better than any wonton/gyoza/potsticker I have had anywhere, ever! (But I might be a bit biased by creative pride)

Garlic Mustard is probably one of the easiest things to forage for, at least on the East Coast. It's pretty much everywhere, easy to identify, and has no toxic look-a-likes. It is an imported, invasive species, which is taking over and crowding out native species. You quite literally cannot over-harvest it.