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If you’ve taken a trip to your local Farmer’s Market this spring you may have come across these long, curly green stalks. On a recent trip I exuberantly pointed out what I thought were long Italian String Beans, but the Farmer’s Market Veggie expert pointed out to me that they were actually, Garlic Scapes.
“Garlic Scapes?” I said in my most surprised, inquisitive voice. “Yes” she said, followed by a quick informative explanation of what they were:
- GARLIC SCAPES ARE THE LONG FLOWERING STEM THAT GROWS OUT OF THE CENTER OF THE GARLIC BULB.
- THESE EDIBLE STEMS ARE CUT A FEW WEEKS BEFORE THE GARLIC IS READY, TO ENCOURAGE GROWTH
- THEY TASTE JUST LIKE GARLIC BUT HAVE A SLIGHTLY MORE SUBTLE FLAVOR
- THEY ARE OFTEN FOUND AT FARMER’S MARKET DURING JUNE THROUGH MID-JULY
WOW. I felt like I had been exposed to a whole new world of garlic. It’s amazing how you can think you know things but in reality, life is always teaching us something new. I was so excited to get home with these little beauties and start using them.
Since scapes are garlic, basically… I decided to preserve the scapes by mixing them together with some extra virgin olive oil, basil, parsley and sea salt. I placed it all into my mini chopper , pureed it all up and then stored into an airtight container in the refrigerator. Kind of like I do with my Mama’s Green Sauce recipe at the end of summer.
I’ve been adding dollops of this Garlic Scapes Puree as seasonings to just about everything: sauces, veggies and marinades. I’m actually hoping I’ll be able to swap this into my Gemelli Pasta and Shredded Zucchini with Green Sauce recipe.
I’m so glad I was able to share all about these garlic scapes with you. We all a big thank you to the farmer from Deep Roots Farm for explaining them to me. Next time you are at the Farmer’s Market, don’t be afraid to say her Mr./Mrs. Farmer … what’s that and what can I do with it? Try something new, different and IN SEASON. Trust me there will be plenty of Google Search results for recipe ideas and suggestions.
You might also be interested in:
- The New Eastchester Farmer’s Market
- Zucchini in Carozza Grilled cheese
- Eggplant Rollatini
- Simple San Marzano Sauce
Garlic Scapes Seasoning Puree
- 1 cup Garlic Scapes chopped (aprox. 8 scapes)
- 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup Flat Itallian Parlsey
- 1/4 cup Italian Basil
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
- Chop the scapes from the bulb up to 3/4 of the stalk. Add the scapes and remaining ingredients to the blender and chop until a puree/paste forms. Preserve in a glass/plastic container and use as seasoning when cooking.