Welcome to the second Weedy Wednesday! 🙂
It’s Scape time! I had my first onion scapes this past holiday weekend! YUM! They were delicious!
Here is a picture of some onion scapes in my neighbours yard:
Garlic scapes twist, then straighten out before they bloom. You should harvest them when they are at their twisty-est! 🙂
Garlic, Allium Sativum and Onion, Allium Capa
Close relatives: Chives, shallot and leek (these have some of the same medicinal benefits and uses, but not as strong as onion or garlic)
Parts used: Bulbs, leaves and buds with stems
Garlic: The leaves are long, narrow and flat like grass. The bulb is of a compound nature, consisting of numerous small bulbs, called ‘cloves,’ grouped together between the membranous scales and enclosed within a whitish skin. You eat the cloves.
Onion: The common onion is a biennial garden plant, having a scape, which appears the second year, 2 to 4 feet high, being naked, smooth, straight, stout, swollen at the base, bearing at the top a round umbel of greenish-white flowers. The leaves are pointy, hollow and shorter than the stem. The part employed is the bulb.
Garlic: Has antiseptic, antiviral and anti fungal properties. Garlic may help to prevent certain types of cancer (stomach and colon cancer) Studies have shown that in areas with higher garlic consummation ratios have lower rates of cancer all together. Studies are being conducted right now to research garlic’s benefits on the cardiovascular system. Garlic is employed since history in herbal medicine to fight the common cold, hoarseness and cough. It is used as an expectorant. Garlic is often applied for infections, especially the respiratory system and digestive problems. Garlic can be used as a disinfectant because of its bacteriostatic and bactericidal properties.
Garlic can be rubbed directly on a scrape or a bee sting and is said to ease the pain and help the healing.
Garlic has been found to enhance the absorption of Thiamin and it has been found to be an effective way to prevent scurvy, because of it’s high vitamin C content! Studies also showed that garlic might help in controlling your blood pressure.
One more thing for us girls: This may be a bit of a touchy thing to talk about, but lets face it.. it happens to the best of us, never mind what we do to prevent it.
If you have a yeast infection, take one clove of garlic, take only the paper white skin off,score the clove with a fingernail once, or twice. Then wrap the clove into a square of cheese cloth and sew the cloth shut to make a tight little bag around the clove, leave a bit of string hanging down (make it some crochet cotton or something strong like that). Now go and insert the garlic into your vagina. As far up as you can (sort of like you would a tampon) and leave the string hanging for easy retrieval. (the string is not necessary if you don’t mind “fishing” for it the next day. I do mind, so I sewed mine in the cheese cloth. I have heard of people doing it without anything around the clove)
Do this before you go to bed and leave it in over night. You do it over night for two reasons: your breath will most likely start smelling like garlic (you may even taste it in your mouth) and it’s not really the most comfortable thing in there, hence do it over night, when you don’t have to walk, stand, sit or talk to people. Next morning pull it out and toss. It should have taken care of the infection! A one night treatment without chemicals!!! If not repeat another night and you may want to make more “scars” on the garlic to release more of the juices, but generally a one night treatment WILL WORK!
Oh! You can stop blushing now. ; D I know it’s not really a topic for mixed company, but hey: Suffering from a yeast infection isn’t really a treat, is it? All the cotton panties and loose clothes can’t help it sometimes…I’d rather know what helps and get it over with and gone fast and with as little chemicals as possible!
Onion: Onion possesses qualities similar to those of Garlic, but milder.
CAUTION: The use of herbs is a time-honoured approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, contain components that can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, you should take herbs with care, under the supervision of a health care provider. Please use common sense when using herbs!
Fun fact: The sticky juice of garlic is used in China to men glass and porcelain!
Culinary uses of Scapes: There are lots of ways to incorporate onions and garlic into your diet! I love love love them! But not only the bulbs are edible! The blooms, or scapes can be used as well in many dishes! They taste just as nice and garlicy, or oniony as the bulbs but milder. Not quite as much “bite” to it.
Dice them up and mix them into salads, sautee them and use them with any dish as a substitute for onions or garlic as a change up from the routine, make pesto, eat them as a side vegetable, or pickle them! Either way you will find a new love I promise!
Here is a recipe for onion cough syrup that we regularly employ in our house:
- 1 medium sized onion finely chopped
- 2 tbs of honey (you can substitute sugar for the honey, but you will need about a cup)
- 3 cups of water
Put everything in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Keep boiling for approx. 10 minutes. Let cool, then strain out the onion bits, using a cheesecloth or a fine strainer and squeezing as much of the juice out as you can.
Give 1-2 tsp up to three times a day
If you have enough honey (It’s usually so expensive that we don’t use this method) you can leave the water out, slice the onion and layer it in a container (cup or glass) with the honey, let sit for about 4-6 hours and then give the honey. The honey will extract the onion juice. Honey itself is antibacterial as well and soothes sore throats. (you can substitute sugar here as well if you like, but I rather use honey)
Recipe for garlic scape pesto:
- 1/4 cup nuts of your choice (pine nuts are great or walnuts work well, or you can leave the nuts out all together)
- 2/4 cup chopped garlic scapes
- 1/4 cup of herbs (you can use any combination you like of the following: basil, chives, parsley, oregano)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup of Parmigian cheese (try other cheeses as well, there are lots out there that have a nice taste and will work just as well as parimgian in your pesto)
- Salt and pepper to taste
Roast the nuts, if they are not already. Combine all dry ingredients except the cheese in a food processor add oil slowly as you process. When everything is nicely blended, pour it in a bowl and add the cheese. Serve over pasta!
Garlic scape mashed potatoes:
Make your mashed potatoes as you usually would. I boil them until tender, mash them with butter and a wee bit of milk.
Chop a few scapes as fine as you can (if you have a food processor, put them through it) blend into the mashed potatoes and get ready to earn praise! 🙂
Potato soup with onion scapes:
- Approx 4 -5 medium sized potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 8 oz beef broth
- water to cover potatoes
- condensed milk or whipping cream
- about 3 onion scapes (more or less depending on how strong an onion flavour you want)
- salt, pepper to taste
Put the potatoes in a pot together with the beef broth, then add water until potatoes are all covered. Boil until Potatoes are tender. In the meantime chop the scapes finely. Take off heat, drain most of the water. I leave about 1/4 of a cup in the pot with the potatoes) mash the potatoes. Add the scapes, salt, pepper and the condensed milk (you can use 2 percent milk to make it less fattening, but then you will have to make a flour/water mix to make the soup thicker). Bring back to a boil, let simmer for 5 minutes.
Serve with some home made bread.
And one more: Have you ever tried chopped chives on fresh, home baked bread with butter? YUM! It’s delicious to add to a nice summer salad for those hot days where you need an easy and light meal!