Monday, July 7, 2008

Lucky for me, my brother in law grows these on his farm

(Mother Earth News) If you grow your own garlic or have a good farmer’s market, then you can enjoy a new kind of vegetable — garlic scapes.

The scapes are the flower stems that garlic plants produce before the bulbs mature. Growers often remove the scapes to push the plant’s energy toward bigger bulbs, and when harvested while they are young and tender, the scapes are delicious.

On the coast of Slovenia, where Italian is spoken and garlic scapes used liberally, a dish is created by sautéing the chopped scapes in olive oil, then pouring a beaten egg mixture over them, similar to a frittata. The cakelike omelet is then served with a liberal garnish of chopped fresh herbs and a glass of local wine.