Photo: John Autry
Meet the elusive ramp: a beautifully wispy distant cousin to the onion. Ramps appear briefly—for only about six weeks—in farmers' markets before vanishing for another year. Don't be deceived by their delicate, lily-like leaves: These alliums pack a pungent, garlicky bite balanced by a faint whiff of musk. Edible from end to end, a few go a long way. They're worth hunting down and then pairing with other peak ingredients like grassy asparagus, nutty morel mushrooms, and tiny new potatoes for the first feasts of the season (keep clicking for the recipes).