Monday, June 20, 2011

Garlic Scapes

Garlic Scapes are the flower part of the garlic plant, harvested before they bloom. Farmers harvest them, not only because they are tasty, but also to help the cloves develop. If you remove the flower then more energy is there to go into the garlic bulb. They have a bitey garlic flavor but are more mild than fresh garlic, and a texture similar to a green bean.  They are great in stir-fries, pasta sauces and (if you are a garlic lover) eaten raw. 

They are only here for a short time, and almost impossible to get in grocery stores.  We will most likely have them at the farmers markets for a few weeks, so enjoy them while they are here!

Garlic Scape Pesto:
    6 - 8 garlic scapes, chopped
    1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
    1/4 cup pine nuts or walnuts
    3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil salt and pepper to taste
      Put all ingredients in food processor and blend till almost smooth. Serve over pasta or use to make garlic bread. Delicious!

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