garlic scapes

Scapes and updates 

Hi, friends. We are still planting in the garden. Because of a lack of harvestable material, it may be a few weeks until we return to market.

The good news is that things are starting to sprout!

In the meantime, we do have garlic scapes. Is anyone interested? Let me know.

Not sure what garlic scapes are? They are the flower stalk that garlic produces. Gardeners harvest the scapes so the the garlic plant focuses on forming a nice, big bulb. Plus, scapes are 100% edible! Delicious raw (as in salads) or used for cooking with any dish that calls for garlic. Scapes have a mild, garlic flavor.

Garlic scapes…

Garlic scapes are coming to market this week, starting Tuesday.

20140608-094919-35359338.jpgOk. Funky looking things.

What are garlic scapes? Garlic scapes are the flower stalks that form on hard neck garlic plants. What’s cool about them is that they are completely edible which is a bonus since we cut them off! Removing the scapes allows the garlic to focus its energy on bulb production versus reproduction.

Ok. What do you do with them?

Scapes can be used in any cooking situation that calls for garlic! They maintain a garlicky flavor only milder than the actual cloves. Scapes will last for weeks in the fridge (I read to store them in a paper bag).

Here is what we did with a couple scapes:
Homemade spaghetti sauce
-red onion cut
-Italian sausage and ground beef
-tomatoes (vacuum sealed and frozen from previous growing season, thawed)
-fresh basil
-olive oil

20140608-100021-36021114.jpg Cut some scapes

20140608-100118-36078575.jpgAdd scapes, onions, sausage, and beef to a pan and drizzled with olive oil.

20140608-100233-36153913.jpgBrown the meat.

20140608-100328-36208147.jpgAdd tomatoes and basil. I added a few more onions, too. Bring to a boil and simmer to reduce liquid and thicken sauce as desired.