Goin' for the Garlic!


Goin' for the Garlic!
Posted March 16, 2017

GARLIC! For a small vegetable, garlic sure has a big, and well deserved, reputation. Although garlic may not always bring good luck, protect against evil, or ward off vampires, it is guaranteed to transform any meal into a bold, aromatic, and healthy culinary experience. Food studies on garlic show this vegetable to have important cardioprotective properties and can help lower cholesterol. Enhance your favorite savory dish's flavor by adding a finely chopped clove or two while cooking.

Food studies on garlic show this vegetable to have important cardioprotective properties and can help lower cholesterol. Enhance your favorite savory dish's flavor by adding a finely chopped clove or two while cooking.

Garlic scapes are a true gem of the farmers' market. While their counterpart, the bulb, can be found in just about every grocery store, the scapes are generally only seen in farmers' markets. They shoot out from the ground as the garlic bulb begins to develop and harden. If they are left on the garlic they will harden and turn into a stalk prohibiting the bulb from reaching its full potential. The scapes are curly and green with a firm texture that is similar to asparagus. The flavor is milder and sweeter than the bulb, making it an excellent alternative for spring cooking. Garlic scapes are delicious sautéed, blanched, braised, or used as a base for a salad dressing or pesto. Check them out at your local farmers’ market.

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