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Where can I find garlic scapes ?

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Trufflebaby Sep 9, 2009 05:11 PM

Are there any local farm stands or farmer's markets on the South Shore that carry them ?

  1. PinchOfSalt Sep 9, 2009 05:46 PM

    Garlic scapes are most available in the spring. I have not seen any in months.

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    1. re: PinchOfSalt
      galleygirl Sep 9, 2009 07:08 PM

      That's what I thought,but I saw some a few days ago at the Whole Foods in Dedham. I thought it was a little strange, but they may have gotten them from Linabella, because they carry their pesto (man, is that stuff garlicky!)

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        chilibaby Sep 9, 2009 07:27 PM

        There were some at the WF at Alewife a couple of days ago as well.

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          Trufflebaby Sep 13, 2009 03:51 PM

          I just tried Whole Foods in Dedham today. None left!

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          hoohah Sep 9, 2009 07:49 PM

          I bought some at the farmer's market in Gloucester back in early August. I had no idea what they were. I asked the girl at the stand about them and she said "just grill 'em with some olive oil." They were 8 for $1. she stuffed about 30 in my bag and charged me $1. She said "We just want to get rid of them." I took them home brushed them with EVOO and put them on the grill for a minute or two. Salt and pepper. And WOW. They were awesome. Like fresh, healthy onion rings without the grease and breading.

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          foodish Sep 9, 2009 06:49 PM

          I just picked up some from the Farmers Market by South Station. Jeff from Linabella's Gourmet Garlic Farm (www.linabellaspesto.com) told me they keep them in special coolers, allowing them to drag out the season a little bit. He said they'd have some at least for another week.

          1. greygarious Sep 10, 2009 12:30 PM

            When I first bought garlic greens from an Asian vendor at a farmers' market, I thought they were scapes because that's what he told me when I asked what they were. Later I looked them up and saw that scapes are curvy whereas the garlic greens are flat, narrow, and strap-like, with an occasional stem ending in a bud. Just pointing out that there's a difference for anyone who may be confused. The greens are mildly garlicky and can stand in for scallions. I've never had scapes.

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              qianning Sep 11, 2009 06:13 AM

              regarding those garlic greens (not the scapes), were they by any chance blanched (i.e. kind of yellowy greenish)? and were they real garlic (i.e. not garlic chive)? and which farmers market/vendor?

              1. re: qianning
                greygarious Sep 11, 2009 09:18 AM

                Last year I looked them up online until I found a matching picture, and although I can't now find that particular reference, they were called garlic greens. I am assuming that like regular chives, a garlic shive would be hollow and tubular. These are not. They have been cut near the soil, so there is no root or bulb. They are flat, about 16" long, and tapering from 3/8" or so wide, on average, to a fine point. They are dark green, not blanched. A couple of vendors at the Lowell Farmers' Market (Fri 2 to 6 pm) sell them in bunches nearly 2" in diameter. I like them a lot, and they stay fresher in the fridge longer than scallions do. I use them interchangeably.

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                  chilibaby Sep 11, 2009 12:52 PM

                  Garlic chives are much like you describe -- long and flat (not round and hollow like a typical chive). Here's one picture:
                  http://www.thaitable.com/images/ingre...
                  They grow as easily as regular chives. I've also seen fresh ones at Asian markets that are dark green OR yellowish OR with flower buds at the end.

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                    greygarious Sep 11, 2009 03:58 PM

                    Yes, looks like they are the same thing.

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              marcreichman Sep 11, 2009 11:06 AM

              Saw some at Kendall Square farmer's market yesterday.

              1. cassis Sep 11, 2009 03:55 PM

                Saw some in the Asian veg section of WF Alewife two days ago.

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