ramps grow wild all over frankfurt parks... free for picking. what do we do with these lovely gift of spring? ramp pesto. great to have a jar in the fridge or home-made gifts to friends. did i mention they are free? oh, and ramp flowers are beautiful as well... we picked some today for the vase.
1 cup ramps cut in 1 cm pieces, bulbs and greens
1 big pinch sea salt
1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts lightly toasted
1/4 - 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
tool: mortar and pestle
place the ramps in the mortar with a pinch of sea salt. with a pestle grind the ramps until they form a uniform paste. sprinkle in the pine nuts and crush them into the paste with the mortar until fully incorporated. drizzle in the extra virgin olive, stirring until desired consistency. sprinkle in grated parmesan to taste.
store in a freshly sterilized jar.
great alternative to basil pesto!