Saturday, June 7, 2014

Garlic Scapes

 The garlic scapes have arrived.  The last time I saw them was three years ago, which was also the last time we grew garlic. Good luck finding these at a supermarket.  In fact, I don't think I've even seen them at our local farmer's markets.  Something tells me most of the general public wouldn't even know what to do with them.  One great thing about growing your own vegetable garden  is that you get to learn about, appreciate and in many cases utilize other parts of a plant like garlic normally considered waste in our commercial food production.

The best time to harvest scapes is when the stems are still curved.  I usually cut them off a couple of inches above the tallest leaf.  (You have to do this as the plant will develop a seed head, which draws energy away from the developing bulbs if you don't.) We've enjoyed them sauteed with other veggies.  They also make a rather pungent pesto.  I think using them in a pureed soup of some sort would also be nice.  Just be prepared to wake up to the scent of garlic in the morning.  But then again, there are far worst things in life for those of us who love garlic. 

7 comments:

  1. I'm growing one hardneck garlic this year but it doesn't seem to be inclined to produce scapes. That's not unusual in my mild climate and this winter was particularly mild. The last time my garlic produced scapes it was so infected with rust that it was inedible. So I've not yet had a chance to try garlic scape pesto.

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  2. Today I noticed my scapes are forming too. They are also very good grilled. Yum.

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  3. I've never grown garlic yet, but I have rather wet soil in my garden - I'm not sure I will succeed with garlic..

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  4. I'm still waiting for my scapes to arrive. I make a wonderful garlic scape jelly with them!

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  5. Garlic don't keep well in our climate, it sprouts after couple months of storage, decided not to grow it this year, but miss the scapes though.

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  6. No scapes for me yet..I was intently looking for them only yesterday. Last year I used them in a salad dressing - Boy, was it ever good!

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  7. I've never had scapes but they sound delicious. We grew garlic but it was not hardneck. I'm not sure if that grows well down these parts but I'm going to have to research it because I want scapes, ha.

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