I look forward to eating ramps every year and was excited to see them today at my local market. Unfortunately, the roots were still attached to the savory bulbs. Digging them up by the roots kills the plant, which will decimate an already endangered species! Having dug them a time or two myself, I was easily able to leave the roots in the ground by using my thumbnail (or a pocketknife) to slice the bottom. This gives the ramps a chance to return so that we may enjoy them, season after season.