Sunday, April 27, 2014

A Ramp Festival

 The Blog Tech and I headed out early yesterday to go to our first ramp festival.  In case you are not familiar with ramps, here is what wiki has to say about them: 

Allium tricoccum

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wild leek or ramp
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Allioideae
Genus: Allium
Species: A. tricoccum
Binomial name
Allium tricoccum
  • Aglitheis tricoccum (Aiton) Raf.
  • Allium pictum Moldenke
  • Allium tricoccum f. pictum Moldenke
  • Allium triflorum Raf.
  • Ophioscorodon tricoccon (Aiton) Wallr.
  • Validallium tricoccum (Aiton) Small
Allium tricoccum (commonly known as ramp,[3] ramps, spring onion, ramson, wild leek,[3] wood leek,[3] and wild garlic) is an early spring vegetable, a perennial wild onion with a strong garlic-like odor and a pronounced onion flavor.[4] Ramps are found across much of the eastern United States and eastern Canada, from Alabama to Nova Scotia to Manitoba to Oklahoma. They are popular in the cuisines of the rural uplands of the American South, and also in the Canadian province of Quebec. Ramps also have a growing popularity in upscale restaurants throughout North America.

 We love ramps in our part of the world and when you have to buy them in markets, they are around $15.00 a pound.  If you know where they grow and forage for them, they grow like weeds.  Just before we arrived at the festival, we saw signs along the side of the road for ramp hot dogs and ramp hamburgers.  We made a beeline to this place.  Bob's Hot Dogs.  A little gem in the hills of West Virginia.

 This is the best hot dog spot we have ever found.

 Click on any of the pics for a better look.  Anyone want a Viagra Dog?

 Though Bob was a little chubby, he didn't look like he ate this very often.

 This is the ramp menu.

 Bob offers a lot of food for a very small place.

 And he has a lot of fun naming his food.

 This is quite  a popular spot.  It was packed by the time we left.

 Check out the sign below the shake glass.

 The locals love him.

 Which dog would you order?

 What do you think this is?

 Ramp jam and we bought some.

 The biscuit menu.

 Inside Bob's.   And what did we order?

 A ramp dog.

 A ramp burger.

 Ramp homefries.

 And of course, someone got the ramp milkshake!  I tasted it and it was actually very good up front with a rather, rampy aftertaste.

Bob's wife makes homemade ramp bread.  We bought this fresh out of the oven.
I will show you the festival tomorrow.