Sunday, July 26, 2009

Garlic Scapes-Eat 'Em, Paint 'Em, Love 'Em-SOLD

copyright 2009 Hannah Phelps
oil on canvas
9" x12"

This year, my husband and I bought a share of a CSA, or community supported agriculture. We gave our local farmer, in this case, Middle Branch Farm, a check in the spring and we pick up a bunch of fresh vegetables once a week. The first week the vegetables were ready, we were introduced to garlic scapes. These are the greens the garlic bulb shoots above ground within which it will create seeds. Farmers trim this part of the garlic when they want bigger bulbs.

The weight of the pale yellow seed pods cause these shoots to curl around each other and themselves in a wild bundle. Eating them raw is a little wild too-a satisfying snap when bitten followed by a bold, pleasant sweetness before they bite right back with a spicy smack. We used them in salads, but we also cooked them in mu shu and pasta with delicious, if mellower results.

Of course, I also painted them! I set them up on a stool outside with our patriotic bunting in the background. Scapes turned out to be as much fun to paint as they were to eat!

This painting has SOLD!!


Lora said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this image! When I used to take the time to paint, still life was my thing and finding the most random natural objects to include in the composition was generally my goal. This rocks!

Barbara said...

Scapes are great; love the painting!