Ramp, a wild green delectable and edible organic superfood is one of the delicacies that herald the arrival of spring. Also known as wild leek, ramp grow abundantly in the eastern woodlands of the Great Plains.
Ramps, whose botanical name is allium tricoccum is a type of flowering perennial plant that is also related to the allium family of garlic and onion. This organic superfood is native to North America that grows wild in the cool and shady area of the forest where the soil is damp and rich in organic matter. Its seeds take about a year and a half to germinate and when the plant is taken from the soil, its life cycle ends.
This wonderful and hard to find spring delicacies has made their way to the fine dining restaurants of New York to San Francisco due to its delicate flavor. Ideally harvested young with its broad, gentle green leaves and thin, spindly stalks which may be pink or white that run down to a hazy bulb. Its unique taste is a cut between the sharp bite of garlic and the sweetness of leeks.
A highly prized organic superfood that is not only known for its wonderful flavor, but also for its high nutritional content. Ramps have an excellent amount of vitamin A, an important vitamin that helps in the formation of strong bones and teeth. Vitamin A also promotes healthy skin and eyesight. Wild leeks are equally rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes the damaging effects of free radicals in your body thus preventing premature aging. Also praised for their benefits as a springtime tonic that is believed to cleanse the blood. Studies have also shown that ramps have a cholesterol reducing properties. The rich amount of sulfide in ramps (that gives off their strong smell) has been linked to reduced risk of colon and breast cancers.
This remarkable organic superfood contains very potent antioxidant flavonoid including trace minerals that are three to four times more than other vegetables. Ramps are packed with chromium that synthesizes your fatty acids and cholesterol to improve brain function as well as selenium that may reduce your risk of prostate cancer.
Ramps have zero fats and cholesterol, giving out only 54 calories per 89g serving. It has everything you expect from an organic superfood.
Ramps are traditionally used by the Chippewa tribe to induce vomiting. The Iroquois Indians use the plant as a tonic to treat intestinal worm and the Cherokee cure their colds by consuming the plant.
To enjoy ramps, I simply mix it with scrambled egg and a dash of cayenne pepper. Yum! How do you like your ramps?
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