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Jun 1, 2012 03:38 PM

Garlic scapes - too early?

I assume it might be a wee bit early in the season, but wondering if anyone has seen these available anywhere?

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  1. A bit early. Give it a couple of weeks.

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    1. re: Nyleve

      Found them! Went to SLM hoping to find ramps instead and saw nary a ramp but at least one vendor with scapes. Scape pesto tonight!

    2. Saw a few cases at Farm Fresh chinese supermarket in Scarborough, on the north-east corner of Brimley/Sheppard

      1. Had them at the MyMarket this morning outside of Sick Kids, should be at East Lynn on Thursday.

        1. They had them at the Liberty Village Farmer's market on Sunday. Made an omelette out of them and some asparagus. Delicious!

          1. I don't think it's too early. My garlic plants have started pushing out scapes. Picked my first few last weekend.

            I also saw them at the Farmers Market in North York last Thursday.

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            1. re: lyndak

              I planted garlic last fall for the first time and am seeing scapes. How do you 'pick' scapes, and other than pesto what else does one do with them?

              1. re: the_beezelet

                snip them when they're curly, but before they form bulbils. i like them diced and sautéed with eggs, but really scape pesto is my favorite use.

                1. re: the_beezelet

                  Scapes can be treated like a green veg. Simply blanched for a couple of minutes they are very tasty. I made a risotto with scapes and asparagus on the weekend. Got both from SLM north market. Just discard the grassy part past the bulb, or save it for a puree , its too tough.