04/17/2012 08:56 am ET Updated Apr 10, 2015

Ramps Are Here! Stop Freaking Out And Go Make These Recipes

If you've ever walked through the farmer's market in the spring, you've experienced throngs of people freaking out over the arrival of ramps. They're hard to miss, as they have a very unique -- or shall we say pungent -- aroma that's a cross between garlic and leeks. Some people confuse ramps for leeks, but this coveted spring gem is even greater than a leek. It's a perennial wild onion that has to be foraged. Therefore, it's in high demand. What we're basically trying to tell you is: if you see ramps, grab them. They'll be gone before you know it.

Ramps have a pearly white tuber, burgundy stem and wide floppy green leaves that resemble lily of the valley. They are beautiful. And they can be used in a number of ways, cooked or raw, just like onions. Ramps are great made into a pesto and smothered on just about everything. They're lovely in spring soups paired with spring's other darling, asparagus. And they even make a mean biscuit. Find those ramps and make these recipes, it's the best way to enjoy this fleeting season.

  • 1 Loaded Vegetable Spring Quiche
    Vegetarian Ventures
    Get the Loaded Vegetable Spring Quiche recipe from Vegetarian Ventures
  • 2 Caramelized Ramps
    The Crepes Of Wrath
    Get the Caramelized Ramps recipe from The Crepes Of Wrath
  • 3 Seafood Paella
    Cannelle et Vanille
    Get the Seafood Paella recipe from Cannelle et Vanille
  • 4 Spring Vegetable Minestrone With Wild Ramp Pesto
    What's Cooking Good Looking
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  • 5 Ramp, Mushroom And Homemade Ricotta Tartines
    A Better Happier St. Sebastian
    Get the Ramp, Mushroom and Homemade Ricotta Tartines recipe from A Better Happier St. Sebastian
  • 6 Simple Asparagus And Ramp Soup
    The First Mess
    Get the Simple Asparagus and Ramp Soup recipe from The First Mess
  • 7 Whole Wheat Dumplings With Ramps, Eggs And Bok Choy
    My Name Is Yeh
  • 8 Breakfast Bowl With Ramps, Asparagus And Lemon Herb Sauce
    Sweet Paul
  • 9 Ramp Greens Kimchi
    Hungry Tigress
    Get the Ramp Greens Kimchi recipe from Hungry Tigress
  • 10 Roasted Turnips With Ramps
    Brooklyn Supper
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  • 11 Ramped Up Crostini With Ricotta And Pea Shoots
    TasteFood via Food52
  • 12 Cheese Omelette With Ramp Chimichurri
    A Couple Cooks
  • 13 Chimichurri Ramps Bread With Lemon Thyme Butter
    Vegetarian Ventures
  • 14 Chilled English Pea Soup With Garlic Cream & Pickled Ramps
    Genius Recipes from Food52
  • 15 Buttermilk Ramp Biscuits
    Earthy Delights
    Get the Buttermilk Ramp Biscuits recipe from Earthy Delights
  • 16 Momofuku’s Pickled Wild Leek/Ramp Bulbs
    Steamy Kitchen
  • 17 Roasted Turnip Fries With Ramp Aioli
    Brooklyn Supper
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  • 18 Ramp Pesto Pasta
    No Recipes
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  • 19 Ramp And Watercress Soup
    Get the Ramp and Watercress Soup recipe from Sweet Paul Magazine
  • 20 Spring Risotto Of Asparagus, Peas & Ramps
    Get the Spring Risotto Of Asparagus, Peas & Ramps recipe from gourmettenyc from Food52
  • 21 Rustic Ramp Tart
    Chomping Down the Big Apple
    Get the Rustic Ramp Tart recipe from Chomping Down the Big Apple
  • 22 Ramp Carbonara
    meganvt01 via Food52
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