Our Rocambole Garlic is starting to produce it’s flowering center stem, or scape. When the scapes are just starting to poke out above the leaves, they are tender enough to pick and eat fresh. Garlic Scapes are surprisingly versatile in the kitchen. Their flavor is milder than the garlic bulb. Available for about two weeks in the year.
10 Things to Do with Garlic Scapes
1. Blitz some stalks into a garlicky pesto. If you’re a hardcore garlic fan, leave out the basil altogether in favor of the scapes. Otherwise, substitute garlic scapes for up to half of your greens and proceed as usual.
2. Fold chopped and sautéed garlic scapes into frittatas or scrambled eggs.
3. Chop garlic scapes into little coins and add to stir-fries and fried rice.
4. Finely dice a couple of garlic scapes and and mix into a vinaigrette. (They also make a tasty addition to green goddess dressing.)
5. Throw whole scapes on the grill, just like you would make grilled scallions.
6. Fold chopped scapes into a dip for grilled meat or roasted veg.
7. Cut garlic scapes into 6-inch pieces and pickle them. (Think pickled green beans or thin kosher dill pickles.)
8. Sauté scapes and use them as a pizza topping. Don’t forget to save any leftover sautéeing oil for drizzling.
9. Use the scapes whole in a slow braise with chicken.
10. Mix chopped scapes with a stick of butter to make a garlicky compound butter for grilled or pan-fried fish.
Also Currently Available-
Italian Parsley: $1.00/bunch.
Fresh Herbs: Tarragon, Sage, Oregano, Thyme, all $1.50/bunch.