This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

garlic scapes

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This will be another item for my BBQ on Friday. Fresh garlic scapes. I'm deciding how to prepare them - pesto, sauteed, or garlic scape pizza....

Garlic scapes should be picked before they curl around to encourage formation of a larger garlic bulb. I've read that picking them well before they curl gives the most tender scapes. Last year mine were tasty, but tough. Next time I'm at my garden I'll pick all of my scapes. Some are curling back double and some are still straight.

garlic (Allium sativum)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are delicious sauteed with a small amount of bacon. Never had it grilled though. I bet that will taste good too.

June 10, 2009 12:57 PM

Blogger Mr. Finch said...

We fried ours in some butter for a while before putting them in mashed potatoes tonight. They were really great that way.. a slightly subtle garlic and onion flavor. Plus, a nice little splash of green in the taters.

June 10, 2009 9:15 PM

Blogger Sue said...

I have photos I haven't posted yet about picking my scapes earlier than last year, and how I fixed them. I made a frittata. I have so many things I want to post on, and I am running behind. It did make a huge difference to pick them sooner.

June 10, 2009 10:21 PM

Blogger Kelly said...

What about BBQ chicken pizza? The scapes would taste yummy on that.....but I don't think you could go wrong with any of your listed choices. I hope you get some nice weather for your Q on Friday.

June 11, 2009 7:53 AM

Blogger bzwax said...

I"m glad I happened upon this post today. I thought, "why, our garlic isn't putting up scapes, and we're less than 10 miles away." But sure enough, I took a closer look and found I needed to harvest a few. they'll go into our mixed stirfry from the garden (bok choy, kale, dataglio chard, broccoli raab) -- we'll have this with boiled Chinese dumplings. Thanks for the heads-up!

June 11, 2009 3:45 PM

Blogger Siren said...

Prior to this very day I had no idea what a garlic scape actually was. I learn a lot from these blogs.

Next year I am going to dedicate an entire box to just onions and garlic since so many folks seem to greatly enjoy their spring garlic and onions. I'm jealous!

June 12, 2009 10:34 PM

Anonymous Adriana said...

Garlic scape pesto sans parm!

June 14, 2009 1:16 AM

Blogger Gina said...

I'm growing garlic for the first time this year and had no idea I was supposed to be on the lookout for these garlic scapes. I'm going to investigate!

Also thinking of trying bbq pizza for the first time today. I like to do homemade pizza dough, too.

June 14, 2009 9:05 AM

Blogger Chefgal59 said...

How about a lemon/white wine marinated then grilled chicken breast with the garlic scape pesto

June 17, 2009 11:32 AM


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