Small Bites: Garlic Scapes

Written by Diana - June 5, 2013 5 Comments

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.

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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.

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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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5 Outstanding Responses to "Small Bites: Garlic Scapes"

    Young Good on June 10, 2013 at 5:42 am

    Green garlic and garlic scapes add delicate garlicky flavor to spring dishes. These simple recipes make the most of the delicate, only-in-spring flavor of these garlic cousins.

    Michelle on June 12, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I love garlic scapes. I remember from my French days how they were prized for their delicate flavor. I know so many people who toss their garlic kit and caboodle if it grows the green scape, but it’s still so good. I love that you featured it :)

    Diana on June 13, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    We get our scapes in our Market bag – I agree they add a nice flavor but I didn’t know that it was a favorite in France. Thanks for coming by Michelle.

    Clyde Y. Gonzales on July 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    My cousins have an organic farm, and for years we’ve gotten most of our veggies there every summer. We look forward to their amazing eggs, their huge heirloom tomatoes and their wonderful variety of greens every summer. But despite the fact that some years they grow garlic, I had to get my garlic scapes elsewhere. For awhile, I didn’t say anything. But finally a year or two ago, I asked about why they don’t sell the garlic scapes. Then I went on and on about how much I love them and seek them out every spring and early summer.

    Diana on July 2, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Did it work, did you get some scapes?

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