A great look at foraging in the wilds of the urban landscape. But what is possibly even more important is the sidebar on the damage that “ramp-mania” is doing to wild ramp populations. Ramps are a wild member of the onion family (Allium tricoccum) and have in recent years become fetishized as one of the first edible harbingers of spring. The problem is that ramps grow very slowly. By digging up the bulbs, foragers are damaging future production by the plants. The solution is to harvest only the leaves of the plants, thus allowing the bulbs to multiple slowly underground.
What do you think? Do you fetishize the ramp? Do you forage for wild greens in the spring?