Garlic Scapes and Collards
Greens are the predominant color in our harvest boxes this season. We know so much nutrition is packed into greens . A couple greens in our basket this week include collards and scapes. Scapes are the flower of the garlic plant. The bloom is removed in July to let the garlic bulb get bigger before the plant dies down and is harvested. Once a plant flowers the energy of the plant shifts from growing the plant to creating the seed- natures way of protecting the species. Scapes are used like green onions and are an early garlic treat. Chop the stem up and saute and use as you would garlic.
Collards have been around for ever but are often overlooked . They are known for lowering cholesterol and improving health. They are packed with nutrition. They are a heavy green and I think that scares some people. Collards are jammed packed with nutrition and anti-oxidants. You don’t want to overcook them. Cut them into 1/2 inch strips to cook them faster. Sauteed with onion and scapes is a great idea!