We have a treat for you (and ourselves) in this next delivery week- Every year we receive bunches of garlic scapes from the Filaree Farm in Okanogan, for only 2 weeks out of the year, and those weeks are upon us again!
What are garlic scapes? Garlic scapes are the “flower stalks” of hardneck garlic plants, although they do not produce flowers. These stalks start to appear a month or so after the first leaves. They are usually cut off of the plant, since leaving them on only diverts the plants strength away from forming a plump bulb.
There are lots of ways to enjoy scapes- they impart a mild garlic flavor to dishes when sauteed.Garlic scapes have many uses, according to GarlicFarmCT, ‘from soup to salads to garnishes: grill, stir fry, use them raw on salads, blend them into hummus or habit-forming scape pesto, mashed potatoes, and more.’ Last year a New Roots team member pickled them and they were fantastic that way! Serious Eats also recommends these 7 recipes for garlic scapes that sound positively divine.
In a hurry and not sure what to add as a side to your entree? We’re throwing in beautiful Bok Choy from Mt. Vernon this week to save the day. Through these on the grill or in a pan with oil and garlic or ginger for approximately 4 minutes or until they wilt (similar to spinach). Add to chicken, beef, shrimp or other veggies to get your nutrients and a tasty meal in under 5 minutes.