And now, back to our regular scheduled topic. Something about garlic scapes, I do believe! To refresh my memory, here's a photo. Or two. Or three.
So here they are, in all their garlicky glory. The "scape." Beloved in Asian cuisine, relatively unknown in American. Produced by "hardneck" garlic. Essentially the "seed head" of a garlic plant. Each garlic bulb only produces one. Once a year. Precious, precious commodity.
So, as many folks ask when seeing garlic scapes for the first time. What the heck can you do with these things! As the pictures above show, what the heck CAN'T you do with these things????
In general, garlic scapes can be used in anything you would use garlic in. They will be a bit milder. But...If you want to get a bit more creative.... Try grilling them! Try braising them! Try stir-frying them! Try them with a pot roast! Try them under a bed of salmon! Try them in pesto! Try them pickled!
Really, as long as you have taste for garlic, you are going to like garlic scapes. Think asparagus texture, garlickly flavor. How can you go wrong with that?
Here are a few recipes, to get you even more inspired...
So, have fun with garlic scapes! And yep, we will be bringing them in LARGE QUANTITIES....to the Coupeville and Bayview markets this weekend. Along with the following fresh from the fields goodies:
From Willowood Farm:
Broccoli, kale - 3 flavors, collard bunches, chard bunches, fresh garlic, garlic scapes, mesclun mix, spinach bags, red japanese turnips, purple Italian artichokes, kohlrabi, pac choi bunches
From Prairie Bottom Farm:
New potatoes, cauliflower, beet bunches, carrot bunches, radishes, peas, Walla Walla onion bunches...
From Whidbey Green Goods (Bayview market only):
Peas, scallions, cabbages, celery...
So hope to see you at the markets!
Farmer Georgie, Willowood Farm of Ebey's Prairie