Thursday, June 6, 2013

What on earth is a garlic scape and what the heck do I do with it?

Garlic scapes are a popular item on the CSA list every year and we have them in abundance! This is because every garlic plant grown on the farm has one scape- and we'll have enough garlic a little later in the season to take out all the vampires in every vampire-centric book, movie and tv show - current and through history!

Scapes are removed early on in the garlic growing season to keep the plant from flowering (that funky  cone shaped doohickey on top is the premature blossom). By robbing the garlic of it's pretty flower, all that energy will instead be focused on growing a bigger bulb. And we get to reap the benefits!

You can use garlic scapes anywhere you would cook with garlic or onions. 

*Chop them up fine and use them in soups, chilis, stews. 
*Pulverize them in a food processor and make scape pesto!
*Chop them in green bean-sized pieces and saute them. Instant garlic "green beans".
*Skewer them and throw them on the grill.
* Wiggle them around and admire their curly-Q-ness!

What's your favorite way to cook with garlic scapes? Share on our facebook page!

Stay tuned later in the week for a recipe featuring scapes :)

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