We had a rhubarb plant when I was a kid. It was tucked somewhere in the side yard, between the big vegetable garden and the lanky-limbed pine tree. When we weren’t climbing that tree, my brother, Jeff and I liked to perform ritual vegetable sacrifices.
Some of the earliest edible spring arrivals come in stalk form. Featured here are four of my favorites (from top to bottom): rhubarb, ramp, asparagus and chives (well, a single chive). For this first part, I’m going to delve into the r’s: rhubarb and ramps.