Saturday, May 14, 2016
Ramps without Rhizomes (Union Square, Manhattan)
The folks from Northshire Farm leave the rhizomes in the ground when harvesting ramps. They say that this allows the plant to grow back next year, and is an antidote to over-harvesting. However, an even better idea might be to just snip a few leaves from each plant. In 2011, The New York Times wrote: "How to harvest ramps sustainably is a controversial subject. Seeds take 6 to 18 months to germinate, and the plants take 5 to 7 years to produce seeds."