So what exactly are ramps? Ramps are a form of wild onion that grows in most parts of the east and central parts of the U.S. Here in Minnesota, they are one of the first spring plants to pop out of the ground. If you can find them early enough, they are tender and packed with a magnificent garlic and onion flavor that you won’t find in anything else. Ramps are very easy to identify by their broad, smooth green leaves. The leaves fade into reddish to purple stalk, and then end underground with a white end. The white end can sometimes resemble a bulb, although it is not a true bulb and more of an underground swelling. Ramps grow in clumps and are usually found in very moist, sandy soil—often near rivers and streams, and on hillsides.