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2016 CSA - Week 1 Recipes - Garlic Scapes, Spinach

Posted 6/13/2016 8:24pm by Jennifer.

Most of the items you will receive this week are pretty common, except you might be asking, "What is a garlic scape?"  Here they are pictured below.

 

 

Garlic scapes are the tender shoots from the garlic plant.  If these shoots are left on the plant, they will produce seeds and make for a smaller head of garlic, because the plant will put energy into making seeds and not a garlic head.  So, we pull scapes in June, so we can harvest bigger garlic in July.  The scapes have a mild garlic flavor.  Some people eat them raw, others roast them in the oven.  I like them tossed in olive oil with salt & pepper and grilled.  They can be chopped up and put in a stir fry to add a mild garlic flavor.  I've also chopped them up and placed them in a homemade vinaigrette for salads.  You can also use them in pesto.  The possibilities are endless!  Here's a link with a couple more ideas.

Garlic Scapes

 

The strawberries are tasty eating by themselves, or top them with some freshly made whipped cream for a healthy dessert, or pair them with the fresh spinach for a delicious salad.  The following recipe is similar to how I prepare my spinach salad, except for the dressing I use whatever vinegar I have on hand (usually balsamic or red wine), and I use honey or stevia to sweeten.  

Strawberry Spinach Salad