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And they are so prized because for a few weeks in early to mid-spring these leafy bulbs pop up and are devoured with haste. The Northeast breaks out in Ramp Fever all because they are to the culinary world what a limited release album is to music collectors. So naturally I had to find them and try them. I found them at the Montpelier Farmer's Market and since we were traveling, I only grabbed one bunch, just enough for a taste. I wish I'd grabbed five bunches! I used them in a pasta dish I found on epicurious.com which was adapted from a Mario Batali recipe (http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Spaghetti-with-Ramps-103326). I have to say, it was really, really yummy. The ramp/olive oil/lemon combination make a sort of pesto on the pasta. I can see why people go crazy snatching up ramps. The light, garlicky flavor of the white ends in combination with the lush, crunchy body the leafy greens make for a pungent and flavorful addition to any dish.
Please try them if you see them at your local grocery or farmer's market- they are worth it!