Wild Leek Marmalade

Wild Leek Marmalade

You could probably call this thick and tangy concoction a marmalade, a jam, a relish or a chutney.  Point is, it doesn’t matter what you call it, it’s tasty in a major way.  Chock full of wild flavor, compliments of the wild leek bulbs that it’s made from, it’s got a woodsy flavor that can’t be mistaken for anything else.

Our Wild Leek Marmalade is a heavenly companion to roasted or grilled meats, poultry and game.  It’s equally at home as a condiment to pile high on sandwiches or as an accompaniment for sharp, full-flavored cheeses.

Fresh Wild Leek Bulbs

Fresh Wild Leek Bulbs

  • 2 lb wild leek bulbs, fresh or thawed frozen
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup dry sherry
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • 2 Tbsp yellow mustard seed
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
Coarsely chop or slice the wild leek bulbs into 1/4 inch pieces.

Melt the butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced ramp bulbs and cook, stirring occasionally, until they soften and become a light golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Add the sherry and continue to cook until the liquid is reduced by half. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and raise the heat to medium-high. When the mixture comes to a low boil, reduce the heat slightly and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 40 minutes. Reduce the heat further, if necessary, to make sure that the bottom does not burn.

When the mixture has become thick and bubbly, remove from the heat and allow to cool. Place the wild leek marmalade in a container with a tightly fitting lid and refrigerate for up to a month.

Serve with roasted meats and poultry, on sandwiches and with cheese – anywhere you want to add the sweet/sour tangy flavor of wild leeks.


Wild Leek (Ramp) Marmalade

Wild Leek (Ramp) Marmalade


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2 comments on “Wild Leek Marmalade
  1. Thanks for bringing some into the the office for the rest of us to try. I sampled it with sea salt crackers but it would be delicious on warm bread or with a little piece of cheese as you have it pictured. Loved it….

  2. I just made this with (of course) some adjustments regarding what I had around. I’m about to do it again. Since I have these ramps from the forest with the greens still on them, I sort of guessed at what is 2 lbs of bulbs. It came out to about three cups of small ones. Is that about right, or would you suggest I use more.

    Thanks for the guidance though. This is flat good. Better than a six oz jar of onion garlic jar that usually costs me around $7 plus shipping.

    Appreciate any other ideas. I have about 20 lbs of them left, but I’m going through them quickly.

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