Saturday, May 10, 2014

Twists and turns in the garlic patch

A garlic scape loops around a leaf.   This tasty stem only appears on hardneck garlic, little seen on the West Coast, where California White garlic rules. California White is a softneck variety and is what you find in supermarkets.  Scapes can be pickled, chopped up in stir fries,  sliced thinly into salads or used as a garnish. Many small growers, who like the extra spiciness of hardneck garlics,  have scapes for sale this time of year. You might find them at your local farmer's market. This scape -- photographed this morning -- will be chopped up in my scrambled eggs. The garlic plant, on the other hand, will spend another few weeks in the soil, then be pulled and dried for offer at a farmer's market.

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