By Kay Steiger
Let’s be honest: ramps smell so bad that they will stink up your car on the way home from the farmers market in Silver Spring and make your whole house smell while you run to the market. Everyone seems to be talking about how awesome ramps are lately and Josh from Two Helmets can make pretty pictures with them. Amanda, Ben Miller*, and I saw them at the Silver Spring farmers market in bundles that were 3 for $12. So, holding my nose, I decided to give them a spin.
I did a quick search and discovered many people (including the Amatur Gourmet) recommended using them in pesto instead of basil. I gave it a try. Ultimately, the dish ended up being okay — definitely a sharper flavorful than regular pesto. But the pesto, while interesting and different, wasn’t really all that more awesome than regular pesto.
They seem to have a good flavor with soups (hopefully Amanda will post her recipe that I tried soon), but I still tend to think they’re overrated. I didn’t love my ramp pesto enough to go out of my way to make it again. It’s totally possible that the ramps I had weren’t the best. The upper part were soggy and a bit gross by the time we made them into pesto, and we pretty much had to throw most of the tops away. But still, I don’t see what all the fuss is about.
What do you think? Am I totally out of line?
*Incidentally Ben bought a rather nasty gin and ramp cocktail at PS7s for the IFA happy hour.