I FINALLY found a way to get in on the whole CSA (community supported agriculture) craze! I have wanted to do one for a while but never liked the requirement that you had to pay several hundred dollars up front, no refunds if you aren’t satisfied. So when my local Whole Foods posted that they had a program that would provide me with fresh, local produce for $20 a week, cancel at any time, I was in.
I got my first box this weekend. There were things I know I will easily use like onions, celery, kale, and cabbage. And there were two things I had never had before. Kohlrabi and garlic scapes.
I had heard of both. The kohlrabi was easy. I brushed with olive oil, sprinkled it with sea salt, and put it in the oven on the same pan as the chicken. Super easy. It tasted a little like a radish or a turnip. It had a little bit of a bite and lots of crunch. If I get it again, I will shred it and make kohlrabi fritters.
I know I had come across some recipe that called for garlic scapes but as it was not saved or pinned, or bookmarked or printed, I was at a total loss for what it was. And as you may know, time is not on your side when you have a big box of fresh produce. I needed to innovate.
Thanks to my good friend, Google, I came up with some good ideas. I was torn between the Garlic Snape Pesto, and the Garlic Snape Hummus. I went for the hummus. And because I love my food green, I threw some spinach in for good measure.
Spinach and Garlic Scape Hummus
5 garlic scapes
1 cup fresh clean spinach leaves
1 can garbanzo beans
- Chop about two to three inches of the tender part the green stalk.
- Combine everything but the olive oil in a high power blender or a food processor and blend until combined.
- Add a couple tablespoons of olive oil and blend until smooth. You may need to add a bit of cold water, but no more that a spoonful or two.
I am not 100% sure if I was supposed to use the green part or the bulb. I went with the stalk of this bunch. I still have some left and I will use the bulb on those, as well as the stalk.
My hummus was delicious. It had a very slight garlicky flavor but mostly tasted very green. The flavor reminded me a bit of the smell of a garden in the morning. You can sort of smell the vegetables mixed with the soil and the dew. I tend to put a little too much garlic in my hummus so it was nice to have the very faint taste of garlic instead of the heavy garlic that I often taste for hours after I eat. No comments from the others yet. My Faithful Assistant is recovering from a sleepover while trying to look busy. He’s afraid to utter those dreaded words, “I’m bored”. He know’s he will be elbow deep in a toilet bowl if he does. College boy is not a big hummus fan, and The Spouse has a slight aversion to foods he’s never heard of. I may have this batch all to myself.
My CSA goes until September. I expect to stick it out and share a lot, both recipes for the things I’ve made using my bounty, and the over abundance of food! Do you belong to a CSA? What’s the best thing you’ve gotten? What do you dread seeing? Let me know!