Have you tried garlic scapes? If you are a garlic lover like me, you’ll find this yearly delicacy right now (early to late spring) at your farmer’s market or green grocer. Young, tender scapes can be chopped into salads or used as a topping like you would scallions. Mature scapes can be treated like asparagus – sautéed lightly and tossed into pasta or a egg dish, mixed with cooked greens, pickled or in any dish that would be complimented by garlic. My favorite way to use scapes is in this garlic scape pesto.
I planted my beets in February this year and I received a bumper crop! Unfortunately, they began to bolt last week so I knew it was time to harvest them. What to do with a sink full of beets? Ferment them!
Fermentation? Like beer? Well, yes, but . . . You know that yogurt you enjoy? That’s fermented milk. Not only does it taste good, but it has probiotics – good bacteria – which benefit your digestion. Did you realize that every civilization throughout time has had their history of fermented foods and beverages? They had to utilize fermentation for lack of refrigeration. Today, many of us eat versions of these ferments such as aged cheeses, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, wine and cider which all began as naturally fermented foods.