Morel hunting can be extremely competitive. I remember a few years back we stopped selling them at the restaurant where I was working because some of the kids, in Oregon, they were using to collect them were getting killed.

Comments in Amanda Hesser’s Pickled Ramps blog by user thirschfeld.  (Btw morels are mushrooms and ramps are spring onions)

Ramping Up

And so it begins, although cranky Sam Sifton and lifesaving hero chef Tom Colicchio have been bantering about ramps on Twitter for a few weeks already. 

I would very much like to see a Law & Order with some kind of ramp-centric plot. Maybe Jeremy Sisto has to go undercover at the Greenmarket to see who is poisoning the ramps, and of course it turns out to be the mousy assistant chef whose ramp tartlet recipe was stolen. She goes crazy and starts killing chefs all over town—sort of Phantom of the Paradise crossed with The Cook, the Thief, the Wife, and Her Lover but with Linus Roache and Sam Waterston bringing justice to the mix. Hollywood? Call me. We’ll have ramps and discuss.