It wasn't a solid field of ramps, like I've seen in some pictures online, but patches here and there. I saw a patch... took a couple steps... saw another patch... took a few more steps... saw more ramps...
It was actually much easier to pick this way- I could squat, dig, pop out the bulbs I wanted and move to the next patch without stepping on any plants. Because I'm taking the bulb, there is a danger of over-harvesting and preventing new growth, so if there was a root with 5 plants growing up, I would take 2 and move to the next.
These bulbs were very easy to pop out. I stripped the dirtiest exterior skin off, to reveal a pretty white bulb:
This made clean-up much easier when I got them all back to the kitchen. After much washing and cleaning, I had:
Some bulbs are quite large- nearly the size of a quarter in width- but most averaged dime-size in width. I'm giving most of these to friends and co-workers. If the weather's nice this weekend, I think I'll head back up the hill and pick a few more.
My plans for the ramps are:
Ramp butter with the greens
Ramp pesto with the greens
Pickled ramps with the bulbs
Flatbread with whole ramps