At the Potter County Farmer’s Market meeting, the dinner featured several locally-grown cuisine items served together making an delightful ensemble of flavors. What did we bring? Well as reported, the dilled garlic scapes made a tasty hit. What’s the secret recipe? Just use your favorite dilly bean recipe and replace the green beans with garlic scapes. In a way, these potluck meals have come to symbolize our farmers market. By working together, local farmers are developing a market with the best selection of foods that would not be possible to serve by any single grower!
Here’s our deliciously pickled scapes that we enjoyed! In mid June, we get a delicious surprise from our growing garlic plants, called the scape. Garlic scapes (also known as garlic tops, garlic shoots, garlic spears, or garlic “flowers”) are the curly tipped, extremely tasty green shoots that grow from top of hardneck garlic.
Garlic Scapes taste milder than the garlic cloves. Cook them as you would asparagus, sautéed or steamed. Scapes offer a wide range of uses from soups, stir fries, salads to garnishes. And, let’s not forget that garlic scapes can be pickled for winter time use. Anyone who would like to try this highly prized delicacy, let us know. We’ll grow ’em.