Recipe Collections – Recipes Using Wild Garlic (Ramps)

If you’re not already familiar with Wild Garlic, also called ramps or wild leeks (or in German Bärlauch), here is a short introduction. Ramps are members of the onion family with a mildly pungent onion-garlic flavor and are generally gathered in the wild. They grow everywhere in the forests of Northern and Central Europe (as well as Canada and the North East and Mid Atlantic regions of the US). In herbal medicine, Ramps/Bärlauch is considered support blood circulation and digestion due to the plant’s high levels of minerals and essential oils. And culinary experts from Germany to West Virginia celebrate “Bärlauch” festivals at the beginning of April. If you’re lucky enough you may find them growing wild on your property. If not, you may find them at farmers’ markets or grocery stores with a good produce selection. The recipes below offer several ways to get to know these delicious spring greens.

Our sister site TheTasteOfGermany offers Ramps liquid seasoning, sandwich spread and pasta!

Westphalian Pancakes with Buckwheat and Ramps

Westphalian Pancakes made with buckwheat flour (or green spelt flour) and topped with Bärlauch (European Ramps), Westphalian ham and creme fráiche.

Wild Garlic Pesto (Bärlauchpesto)

This variation of classic Italian pesto has rapidly gained popularity in Germany.

Wild Garlic Soup (Bärlauchsuppe)

A light and delicious green-colored soup for a cold day.

Spring Salad with Seared Pork Tenderloin in Wild Garlic Pesto (Frühlingssalat mit gebratenen Filetspitzen in Bärlauchpesto-Dressing)

This sophisticated spring salad features seared pork tenderloins over an unusual mixture of greens, with a wild garlic pesto.

Asparagus with Shrimp and Wild Garlic Hollandaise (Spargel mit Bärlauch-Hollandaise)

A healthy, easy-to-make asparagus dish, which includes white asparagus, fresh medium size shrimp, a sliced baguette and a home made hollandaise sauce garnished and flavored with wild garlic (Bärlauch).

Warm Asparagus Salad with Wild Garlic Pesto (Lauwarmer Spargelsalat mit Bärlauchpesto)

A touch of sweetness is added to this warm asparagus salad to complement the warmth of a wild garlic pesto.

Roast Beef Sandwiches with Asparagus and Wild Garlic Pesto (Roastbeefsandwiches mit Spargel und Bärlauchpesto)

Two slices of toast hold the perfect blend of roast beef, asparagus, and wild garlic pesto for an explosion of flavor.

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