Garlic scapes are in season. What is a garlic scape- you ask? Why it’s the shoot that the garlic plant sends up that will turn into flowers and then a seed pod with bulbettes.
Cutting the garlic scape off is supposed to help the garlic bulb to become larger because it’s not putting the energy into small bulbs. It has a milder garlic flavor but can be used in place of garlic. Some garlic scapes circle around while others just grow straight up. The garlic scape should be cut off early while it is still soft because the stem becomes more fibrous and tougher as it gets older.
Garlic scapes are great in any recipe that uses garlic, or green garlic. It can be used in pesto – or just tossed with pasta. Scapes can be used in dips, hummus, or aiolis, in soups or stews, and salads.
Try this recipe: Orzo, Asparagus and Garlic Scapes in a Garlic Scape Pesto
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