The First Harvest!
Some more ideal garden weather came just in time for the first harvest, Garlic Scapes! Garlic Scapes, or the flowering stalks of garlic plants,are just as tasty and edible as the garlic itself. Garlic Scapes provide a tasty kick to many
common dishes such as omelets and pizza. We even included a great Pesto recipe with our first deliveries of Garlic Scapes around campus.
The early season availability of this flavorful stalk isn't the only reason to harvest them. As the scapes continue to grow and eventually flower, they sap energy from the plant that could be used to produce better garlic bulbs. Scapes are harvested before they flower. The stalk will begin to curl around back toward itself. Once the stalk curls enough to cross itself, it's ready to be harvested. So, it's nice to have a taste of what's to come but, the most important reason to harvest scapes is the overall benefit to the bulbs.
Since it is the season for Garlic Scapes, here's an easy recipe to try if you're able to get your hands on some...
Garlic Scape Pesto:
5 Garlic Scapes
Half Cup of Parmesian Cheese
Half Cup of Asiago Cheese
1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice
Quarter Cup of Pine Nuts
3 Quaters Cup of Olive Oil
(recipe from allrecipes.com)
Place the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth and vibrant green. Use salt and pepper to flavor. Enjoy!