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Garlic Scape

Garlic Scape It looks like something from outer space. It tastes like artichokes sauteéd with garlic. It's called garlic scape, and it's pretty good. I cooked it as I might artichokes: stewed in a bit of water for about 10 minutes and then quickly sauteéd in butter with some salt and pepper. Funny thing was, it was in one of those plastic bins in the produce section at Whole Foods, complete with metal tongs for hygienically grabbing what you want. Now, these scape things are curly and pretty sturdy. They're like a bucket full of green springs. And when you try to grab them with tongs and shove them in the wimpy plastic produce bags they give you at most markets (when you can find a dispenser thing that actually has some bags still left on it), well, lets just say it's a helluva lot easier to grab them with your hands.


Posted on Jul 13, 2003 @ 08:21 PM

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gg:

I bought some of these at the farmer's market the other day and was looking around for some recipes. I'm in upstate NY and they were called garleeks. It's nice to see a more "official" name for them.

They were really cheap (It was $1 for a gallon-sized bagful) and really pack a lot of punch. We just chopped them up into a salad, but I was thinking about mashed potatoes for dinner tonight and thought they might go well.

Posted on Jul 15, 2003 @ 03:17 PM

Kim:

I saw those at the farmers' market this weekend, too, and wondered what they were. The ones I saw were labeled "garlic" so I assumed they would be strong like garlic (not that I mind garlic). They almost look like green snakes with white heads. What's the texture like? Scallions? Celery?

Posted on Jul 22, 2003 @ 11:56 AM

Dick:

The flavor is very garlicky, yet very mild - similar to roasted garlic. The the stalk below the bud has a texture identical to that of thin asparagus. I do recommend discarding that scraggly chive-like bit above the bud, though. It's more reminiscent of grass than chives.

Posted on Jul 22, 2003 @ 07:53 PM

sam:

I bought some of these last week -- they were called "garlic flower." And they tasted *horrible* (but that's probably my fault. I'll have to try it again).

Posted on Jul 28, 2003 @ 11:41 PM

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Posted on Sep 27, 2003 @ 12:21 PM

John:

I've had these at a Chinese restaurant. It was a special that day, not on the menu, and they called them 'garlic stems'. I found them to be delicious- very mildly garlic in flavor and like blanched asparagus in texture. They were stir fried with some oil and seasonings. I haven't been able to find them in the store - I'll have to look at farmer's markets and whole foods.

Posted on Nov 15, 2003 @ 10:02 AM


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