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Garlic Scape Recipes: What They Are And How To Cook Them (PHOTOS)

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Welcome to the third installment of "WTF, CSA?" Each week this CSA season, we'll help you make use of your overflowing CSA baskets. You ask, we answer. That's how this works. Or rather, you shouted, "WTF?" into your CSA box and now we're going to tell what on earth to do with all those garlic scapes.

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Admittedly, the first time we ever saw a garlic scape, we definitely thought, "WTF is that?" These twisty, curly, bright green stems are also sometimes called garlic shoots, stems or spears. The garlic that we all know and love has separate cloves and papery skin. That stuff starts out as green garlic (or spring garlic), before it matures. The bulb and roots grow underground while a stem, leaves and scapes soak up sunshine up above.

Obviously, garlic is amazing for lots of reasons, but here's our favorite one: the whole plant is edible. This includes the scapes, which are treats that come along each early summer in markets and CSAs. Garlic scapes taste (duh) like garlic, but a bright, fresh, verdant version of it. You can use them anywhere you'd use regular garlic.

"So," a friend recently asked me, "is there any real reason I should buy garlic scapes instead of garlic?" Cooking with garlic scapes is like getting to have scallions that taste like garlic -- so yes, go get some while they're around!

WTF, CSA?: Garlic Scapes
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