Garlic Scapes

Garlic Scapes

Garlic Scapes

Garlic scapes are the stalks for flowers from hardneck garlic plants. They are only available for about two weeks each year. Cutting them off allows the energy to go to developing the garlic bulb rather than the flower. The scapes have a sharp, green, garlicy flavor. They can be eaten raw or cooked. You could use the scapes in place of garlic in any recipe. I found mine at the Farmers’ Market. I am going to make a “pesto” out of some of them and freeze it as they freeze well without discoloring. In my food processor I will blend the scapes, parmesan cheese and olive oil, maybe some nuts. It will make an eye-opening pesto to serve over pasta, white meat or fish. The pesto would be a lovely addition to salad dressing.  Some I am going to make into a gremolata with lemon zest, capers and parsley or purslane ( more about purslane in my next post!) to sprinkle over veal. It would also compliment chicken, pork or fish. When you come across the unexpected at the Farmers’ Market go for it! You will usually be rewarded!

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