I am going to let you all in on the Next Big Thing. Like all great inventions, Garlic Caviar was discovered by accident.
As those who have obtained garlic scapes know, there is a small seed pod on the top of each scape. Most people I know simply trim that part off and throw it out. Others (like me) trim the seed pod off the scape, trim off the "tail" on the top and use them just like the rest of the scape. They are particularly good quickly sautéed in butter and added to rice, along with pistachios and sautéed onions and mushrooms.
This year was different however. Somehow one bag of scapes fell down behind the shelf that it was being temporarily stored on and forgotten about until discovered a couple of weeks later. In that time the aforementioned seed pod continued to draw moisture from the tail on the top of the seed pod, and the seed pod continued to develop.
I broke open the pod and discovered a bunch of little pearls. I popped a couple of my mouth, and they are awesome! Since I'm sure the garlic flavor will be lost if I cooked them so I am reserving them for cold dishes. They are great as part of a tossed salad (or whisked into the dressing) and they are a tasty addition to both potato and pasta salads. I can definitely see them as part of an hors d'oeuvres item.
I didn't get a whole lot this year so I've kinda rationed them a bit, but next year I plan to experiment further.
And the best part is that the rest of the scape was still perfectly edible!
Remember folks, you heard it here first!
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