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Scapes links with recipes & scape lore, fact & factoid

Garlic scapes continue to grow in renown, with more foodies & culinary bloggers discovering them each year. Herewith, our classic favorite references, plus a few new links we uncovered last spring, with facts (or, in some cases, factoids) about the edible garlic stalks, and with recipes or serving suggestions.

Our favorite links, starting with our own page of scape recipes & serving suggestions

The Garlic Farm's recipe page, with our own pesto method.

Jessie at the Hungry Mouse blog illustrates with plentiful photos how she makes her scape pesto--with lots of great shots of the Garlic Farm, as well as closeups of her pesto prep.

Melissa Clark's famous New York Times article that put scapes on the map in the Northeast.

Brief Hartford Courant article by Grant Welker about scapes (with a mention of the Garlic Farm) from back in 2006. Several good preparation ideas from professional chefs but no recipes.

More scape links for fans of the garlicky stalks

Not Without Salt blog rhapsodizes over scape and offers a few recipes & photos.

Dorie Greenspan gives her pesto recipe.

The Washington Post blog from 2006 includes a factoid or two, but the serving ideas are worth a quick look.

Scapes make up a part of the spring traditions in many parts of the world where hard-necked garlic flourishes. In a 2005 article for Mother Earth News, William Woys Weaver recalls tasting scapes for the first time in an Italian-speaking Istrian village in Slovenia. And in the American-Czech-German Corner of Taste of Home's blog collection, dozens of postings feature recipes and ideas for scapes, garlic, onions, and leeks. The recipes worth skimming peter out after page 7 of the comments, but a number look very promising. That includes a mashed potatoes with scapes recipe that made us wonder what mashed potatoes would taste like if we were to mix in two or three tablespoons of scape pesto. Posts #28 and #30 slso incorporate scapes.

Marc, one of our Garlic Farm regulars who's himself been testing a scape pasta recipe, suggests two more links:

A scape & ricotta pizza at Herbivoracious looks tasty. And boy, what a great name for a veggie food blog!

By contrast, the author of the Food in My Beard evidently doesn't worry about the name of his blog grossing out his prospective readers. His recipe experiment uses the scapes as twine in a spicy chicken breast recipe, the way some chefs prepare beggar's purses tied up with chives

A couple video clips

If you're really in need of some scape-oriented procrastination, we found some video clips:

Willi Galloway and friend show how to make yet another variation on garlic scape pesto, this one with their home-grown peas, to serve with pasta. The equally home-grown video clip starts with a gardening scene, but the focus shifts to cooking about halfway through the segment.

Finally, a truly silly (but mercifully short) clip of a guy not recognizing the vegetal nature of scapes, while in the surrounding AmateurGourmet blog the cook describes in text his scape conversion experience. Hardly any culinary value to the video. Really silly. Don't say we didn't warn you: it's silly. Interesting only to fans of homemade sophomoric imitations of B-movie horror flicks. Remember: We warned you that it has no redeeming social value.

Updated 11 June 2013

Garlic scape on the plant