To Market, To Market, to buy some fresh scapes…

The Barker Farmer’s Market continues to be a be a great place to meet up with your neighbors and enjoy a gentle summer evening. I got a lesson in “garlic scapes” from my friend Don Pyskaty, the Polish Prince of Garlic. It turns out that the curly, green, chive-looking things he had for sale are Garlic scapes (also known as garlic tops, garlic shoots, green garlic, spring baby garlic, garlic spears, early garlic greens, or garlic “flowers”). There are lots of recipes for the tender, flavorful shoots which are only available for a short window of time. Oline I found that  “Taste-wise, garlic scapes are to garlic heads what scallions are to onions. They are garlicky but with a fresh “green” taste. They can be used in any dish where one usually uses garlic but wants a brighter, more complex garlic flavor with less bite than one would get from standard garlic cloves. Garlic scapes work well in soups, salads, stews, salsas, dips, guacamole, omelettes, frittatas, souffles, marinades, pesto, salad dressings, and stir-fry. They can also be pickled and added to homemade flavored vinegars. Scapes are also delightful when cooked into sauces.”

When you stop by the Barker Market next Thursday (every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) you can pick up some printed recipes to go with those scapes! From pesto to roasted scapes, you’ll find some new delights for your summer table, but hurry!

The fresh asparagus and strawberries  were joined this week by early cherries!! Yum.

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2 Responses to “To Market, To Market, to buy some fresh scapes…”

  1. icybooh Says:

    We recently got “schooled” in garlic scapes too at our local farmer’s market here in MA. I like the idea of using garlic scapes in a salsa and want to make a garlic scape pesto. We went back to the market yesterday to pick some up but the season has passed and they are no longer at the market … Next year!

    Thanks inspiring the idea to use garlic scapes in salsa!

  2. juliechatterbox Says:

    Scapes are highly prized in Korean restaurants and get bought up quickly in bulk. We printed up a sheet of favorite scape recipes which includes Scape Pesto, Spinach and Scape Frittata, Scape Hummus, Scape Dip, Scape Soup and roasted or fried Scapes! If you’d like them, email me and I’ll send them to you in a word file. The scape recipes were such a big hit, I’ve been doing recipes for the next thing being harvested. We’ve gone through corn, raspberries and blueberries, and next will be fresh herbs and zucchini. Everyone loves new recipes! email juliechatterbox@msn.com Thanks for checking out the blog!


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