|Garlic Scapes make
their appearance once
There are cooks who wait all year to work with Garlic Scapes, the flower bud of the garlic plant. The bud is removed about this time every year to encourage the underground bulb to thicken up. They taste like garlic and can be used in any recipe calling for the ‘stinking rose’. That is what garlic has been called since Greek and Roman times. The reason for the ‘stinking’ part is all too obvious. But why the rose? The plant is actually an allium which is part of the Liliaceae or lily family. So where does the name come from? One possibility is that if you look at garlic from underneath, the bulb does have a slight resemblance to a white rose with the large ends of the cloves forming its petals. It seems to me that that’s a bit of stretch, but it doesn’t take away garlic’s unique contribution to cooking. And this potato salad is a tribute to the relatively mild garlic flavor of the scapes and how they enhance the sweetness of the other key ingredients: potatoes and snow peas.
|Note: This was done with the original recipe
where the potatoes cook before they are peeled.