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Garlic Scapes


Well, I got my first vegetable delivery from our new CSA that we just joined. This is our vegetable package and I have to say at first impression, I am very satisfied! First we got an email stating what foods we would be receiving for the week and a few recipes to go along with the list. This week we got red kale, some kind of cabbage, lettuces and garlic scapes. I never thought garlic scapes had an actual name, I just thought they were this thing that grew in my parents’ backyard that smelled like garlic. Who knew they were actually food. The recipe says we can use them in soups or cooking or if feeling adventurous, diced raw into salads. I think I will use them as I would a scallion.

According to the Washington Post, the scape if left to grow, would produce a bulb that eventually would become the garlic head we know and love.

Has anyone else cooked with them?

4 Responses to “Garlic Scapes”

  1. Andy says:

    Dear Last Minute Lady:

    I know this sounds labor intensive, but try peeling your garlic scapes, cutting them into 1 or 2 inch pieces and roasting them with a little salt, pepper and EVOO- you can eat them like french fries or, still, put them on a salad.

  2. Andy says:

    Hey there- ironically enough, I picked up some garlic scapes last night. I did three things with them. First and foremost, do NOT be intimidated by them. Know that when they are overcooked, they get a little tough. Also, they are not strong, so don’t worry about garlic breath. :)

    1.) Slice them into 1/4 inch pieces as you would scallions and saute them in a little EVOO. Add them to a pasta dish or saute them with your favorite vegetables for a nice side dish.

    2.) Cut them into 2 inch piece and boil them for about 2 minutes. I ate them just like that, but you can give them a dip in your favorite dip.

    3.) Cut them into 2 inch pieces, drizzle with some EVOO and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in a 375 degree oven for about 12 minutes. Eat them like french fries.

    * I had mentioned n a previous posting to peel them, but I did not find that necessary.

  3. stephanie says:

    do a search for garlic scape pesto, or chop them up and add them to stir fry. i added them to an asian pasta salad yesterday, yum!

  4. Linda says:

    Cut into short pieces and toss into a merinade for pork, chicken or fish. The more I use them, the more I find new uses.

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