Appalachian Ramps

The Ramps have arrived which means Spring has arrived in Appalachia!

This weekend (Easter) I would have been hosting a plant hike with NC Outdoor Adventures. To help prevent the spread of Covid-19, the event was cancelled. I have been self-quarantined with my family for 29 days with only minimal trips off the property. Thankfully, the property borders 2000 acres of National Forest and I have had lots of time to spend with the plants and have made some videos and other educational information to share when my hikes are cancelled. If you enjoy the content I am sharing, please consider giving a donation to cover my lost income during the pandemic.

The theme of our hike was “Spring Ephemeral Hunt and Wild Foods Dinner”. My plan was to hunt for flowers like Easter eggs because, as ephemerals, they could be gone tomorrow. They are such a sweet treasure to find in the forest and light up my adult life in the same way an Easter egg hunt did as a child. We would look at Trillium, Black Cohosh, Blood Root, Wild Geranium…. and search for the famous Appalachian Ramps and Morels (among other wild edibles)! After our hike, we would head back to base camp where our bounty would be cooked on an open fire and shared as a community.

I hope these gifts inspire you to get out and connect with Mother Nature during this time. I promise time in Nature is just what you need! I also hope these videos help you to get to know me and what a hike with me would be like. I look forward to connecting with YOU on the other side of this!

I present to you, my very first herbal video! AND a recipe for my RAMP PESTO!

Hedge and Hollow Ramp Pesto

  • 2oz (1/2 cup) hard cheese of your choosing, grated
  • 1/2 cup nuts or seeds of your choosing
  • 3 cups Ramp leaves, chopped
  • 1/3-3/4 cup olive oil
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

In a food processor blend the cheese and nuts or seeds till combined. Add the wild greens and blend well. With the food processor running, add the olive oil slowly until the desired consistency is reached. Salt and Pepper to taste.

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