Saturday, July 2, 2011

For the Love of Garlic: Scapes

This morning at the local farmer's market I picked up one bunch of garlic scapes. I had been hearing about them for years as a favorite ingredient of big time chefs on The Food Network, and I finally got up the guts to bring some home. I figured I'd have no trouble finding recipes for scapes once I got home, and I was right. Creative cooking is so easy these days, don't you think?

Scapes are the stem and beginning of the flower of the garlic plant. Farmers prune them from the garlic plants so that the plants do not put energy into growing their flower, but rather into their bulb, hence bigger garlic bulbs for sale at the grocery store or farmer's market. Scapes are generally only available in early spring, but I was lucky enough to catch them today.

I decided to go with a scape hummus recipe and do a little doctoring up myself. What resulted was an intensely garlicy and delicious hummus, but NOT suitable for the person that doesn't like the taste of raw garlic. As for my husband and I, well, we both like garlic and, well, we'll only be kissing each other tonight!
Garlic Scape Hummus

Printable Recipe

1 15 ounce can of garbanzo beans, drained (reserve liquid) and rinsed
4 Tbsp reserved garbanzo bean liquid
of 1/2 of a lemon
juice of 1 lemon
4 garlic scapes, chopped
3 tbsp tahini
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
paprika (to garnish)

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until creamy, stopping to scrape down sides as necessary.

I served the garlic scape hummus on some yummy bread from Lucy's Sweet Surrender, a local bakery that sells every week at the farmer's market. It was a real treat.
Garlic scape hummus. This is not for the faint of heart!


JL goes Vegan said...

Sounds delish! I use garlic scapes in tomato sauce (instead of garlic) that I make in a blender. Tasty!

Bill G said...

I buy a large quantity of scapes when they are available and chop them in the food processor then pack them in small snack bags. I place the small bags into a quart freezer bag. They freeze well and I have them through the year. I also buy spring garlic when it is available and freeze some of that.

chickpeafreak said...

Garlic scapes are great, just use them anywhere you use fresh garlic. Hadn't tried to freeze them—thanks Bill G for that tip!

stellagirl said...

This is the first I have ever heard of garlic scapes. I don't even know where I can begin to look for them. Any ideas?

Bust yo' Booty! said...

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Healthy Girl said...

Stellagirl-Your local Farmer's Market is the way to go. You can ask at Whole Foods or another retail store like it if they ever carry scapes.

Jackbenny said...

I just made the hummus and it is delicious!
I found the scapes at Miles market (they call them spring garlic)

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