Weekend Herb Blogging (WHB)#40: Garlic (Allium sativum)
My sister-in-law and her husband grow a LOT of garlic. And happily for us, it was just flowering when we were visiting family last week. They brought over a big bag of scapes (flower heads and stalks of garlic) to stir fry.
So imagine my delight when we got home and I saw that we had three scapes in our little garden. It won’t be quite the bountiful dish we had last week but we expect that it will go very well with tonight’s charcoal grilled steaks.
Scapes are not new to Weekend Herb Bloggers but before last week, I hadn’t had a chance to taste them. Wow! They’re fabulous. It’s worthwhile growing garlic just for the scapes! (And if you don’t want to eat them, they look beautiful in a vase.)
Garlic can be planted in the late fall or early spring. It usually flowers in early July here in Toronto. To focus all the growing energy into the roots, the flowers should be cut off. The garlic bulbs are ready for harvesting sometime mid August.
Read more about garlic and/or scapes:
- herbs from OUR garden – garlic
- wikipedia – garlic
- Boundary Garlic Farm – Growing Garlic
- Clagett Farm Notes – Garlic Scape Recipes
- Kalyn’s kitchen – WHB#37 roundup (several links to scapes recipes)
If you wish to participate in WHB#40, send your link to MSGABRIELLATRUE(at)aol.com by mid afternoon PDT on Sunday 9 July, 2006.
edit 10 July 18:40 EDT: