Yesterday, Mom came in from the garden with several long, green shoots in her grasp. Apparently, even though garlic reproduces asexually, some breeds of garlic do produce something similar to a flower called a scape. http://blog.washingtonpost.com/mighty-appetite/2006/06/my_friend_the_garlic_scape_1.html It’s somewhat similar to asparagus in texture (snappy), but has a wonderfully mild garlic aroma.
After a little research, here is the recipe I came up with:
e-Scape to Italy (because of the colors of Italy)
10 oz. pasta (I used a whole wheat blend angel hair)
1/2 cup chopped garlic scapes
2 lemons, zest and juice
1-2 Tbsp EVOO
4 sundried tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
9 oz. fresh spinach
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
salt to taste
Boil the pasta in salted water and add the garlic scapes in the last minute of cooking.
Drain the pasta, but be sure to reserved a little of the cooking wanter.
Return pasta to the pot over low heat and toss in all the vegetables, lemon juice and EVOO.
Carefully fold (I used tongs) to heat everything through and wilt the spinach.
Season with salt.
I topped mine with a little Parmesan for a little rich, salty note.