Ramps, one of the telltale signs of spring, are currently bursting forth in all their wild foraged glory right now. These green and white allium plants are related to other pungent ingredients like garlic, shallots, leeks, and chives. Restaurants often celebrate their arrival with vigor around this time, because they grow in very particular conditions and are often foraged during a short growing season.
This year, due to the novel coronavirus, many restaurants are taking time off from service and missing ramp season. Nevertheless, customers can still find fresh and prepared ramps in a few dishes and temporary restaurant-run grocery stores around Detroit. There are quite a few things you can do with ramps at home. Over at Eater New York, critic Robert Sietsema offers some ideas on what to do with the fresh ones. Here’s where to find ramps in metro Detroit now.
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Folk: Take some of the work out of processing ramps and pick up a container of ramp pesto from Folk for $10.
Coriander Kitchen & Farm: For the week of May 4, customers can order meals from Coriander Kitchen including Spanish shrimp and potatoes with grilled ramps for $17 per portion plus tip and delivery.
Brooklyn Street Local: This Corktown restaurant is popping up at a local farm stand weekly at Fisheye Farms on Buchanan Street. Fill up on quiche with sweet potatoes, ramps, and provolone. The restaurant is accepting pre-orders now.
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