|Garlic in Spring|
Garlic is very easy to grow. Each fall I plant a clove of garlic into the ground. Each clove will give you a bulb of garlic.
As the garlic plant matures a garlic scape appears. Garlic scapes are the flower of the garlic. The scapes need to be cut off or you won't get any garlic, as all the energy of the plant will go to the scape (which turns in to garlic seed) instead of the bulb we eat. I have let one garlic stalk go to seed just to see what it would do. One plant produced about a 1/4 cup of garlic seed. You can plant the seed, however you'll not see a decent size bulb for several years.
The scapes can be used in many ways. The flavour is a mild form of garlic. I've chopped them up and put into soups, sauces, stir frys, sauteed and used omeletes. The scapes make wonderful soup and amazing pesto. Check out my recipes folder for the soup and scape recipe.
|Garlic Scapes starting to appear|
Things I have learned about garlic:
1) Garlic is a natural antibiotic
2) Garlic is a proven antioxidant
3) Eaten regularly can help reduce high blood pressure
4) It's a natural insect repellent.
5) Added to recipes makes your recipe taste better
6) Homegrown or locally grown garlic tastes so much better than the imported garlic.
|Fresh Garlic - just picked early July|