Thursday, June 26, 2014

SCAPES! What are they??

Garlic patch
 Today I spent the morning at Ivan's farm picking garlic scapes. Ivan has a garlic patch that is approximately an acre. There are about 8 sections with four rows in each, and many, many garlic plants in each row. That's a lot of garlic!
Garlic scapes
But the cloves are not what I was after today, it was the scapes. Garlic scapes are like a stem that grows out of the top of the plant, and each one has a seed head near the top. As the scapes grow, they start to curl around, and that's when you know they are ready to pick and eat. You can cook the scapes or eat them raw (they aren't as strong as the cloves, I tried one.)

 I made it through three rows, between two sections, and that took me four hours! That shows how much garlic Ivan grows. But it was a peaceful morning out in the field, listening to the birds (and the rooster.) The only downside is that I still smell like garlic. At least I don't have to worry about vampires! (Let's not mention it's the middle of the day :))

Just to add some anticipation, blueberries will be ready for harvest within the next month or so! So be on the lookout!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the explanation. I was wondering about these yummy things that end up in my bag. I cut them up, sauteed them, and put them and some other stuff on pasta. They added a great garlicy taste.