Garlic Scapes!

garlic scapesI just plain love garlic scopes. They are long ridiculously curly stems with pointy buds – and to me, they look like something right out of a Dr. Seuss book.

These are the flower shoots of the hard neck garlic plant; our farmers cut them down so that the garlic bulbs will grow plumper. They’re delicious! Garlicky, but with a green taste that’s addicting. June and early July is Garlic Scape Season, and we love to use them:

  • treat them like green beans: cut the scapes in 2-inch pieces, blanch briefly, and toss with a lemony vinaigrette
  • chop and use in stir-fries and sautés
  • Garlic Scape Pesto
  • Double Garlic Soup
  • White Bean and Garlic Scape Dip
  • add into salads and dressings
  • chop finely and work into butter for a lighter garlic bread
  • make a simple garlic dip: stir minced scapes and some fresh dill into softened cream cheese

1 Response

  1. I have never seen these in our CSA or at the farmer’s market. Would love to try them.

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