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Garlic scapes: now I know what they are, what do I do with them?

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Garlic scapes: now I know what they are, what do I do with them?

mels | Jun 20, 2011 06:47 AM

I never heard of garlic scapes until yesterday when my father gave me a bunch of them that he picked out of his garden. I did some Googling and get the idea of what they are but I still need some basic info. I saw recipes for them (garlic scape pesto seems to be a biggie) but I would prefer to know how to treat the ingredient then do my own thing. I haven't even nibbled a piece of them yet to see exactly what I am dealing with.

The scapes have the texture of a green bean...do they have to be cooked or can you use them raw? Is there a single best way too cook them, e.g. blanching or saute, etc.?

I was planning on hacking up some fresh asparagus I have and pan roasting it tonight. I am thinking of throwing chopped scapes in there and seeing what happens. Does this sound like a reasonable scape application?

As I said, I am a complete newbie to the scapes. It is a completely foreign ingredient to me!

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