Garlic SCapes

What are scapes?

Garlic scapes stem from the top of hardneck garlic plants and are thin, curly, stems that flower at the tip. They are a good source of protein, vitamin C, and calcium and have the same benefits as fresh garlic cloves. Scapes are removed to encourage the plant to direct its energy to the garlic bulb. Garlic scapes are hardy and can be refrigerated in a plastic bag for up to three weeks.

What are scapes used for?

Garlic scapes have a milder taste than fresh garlic cloves. The green stems resemble wild onions and make great seasonings. They can be diced to add to various dishes for seasoning, sautéed, eaten raw, pickled, or substituted for garlic cloves. To preserve garlic scapes, they can be made into pesto, pickled, and frozen to be use like chives.

10 things to do with Garlic Scapes, By: CHRISTINA CHAEY

  • Blitz some stalks into a garlicky pesto. If you're a hardcore garlic fan, leave out the basil altogether in favor of the scapes. Otherwise, substitute garlic scapes for up to half of your greens and proceed as usual.

  • Fold chopped and sautéed garlic scapes into frittatas or our best-ever scrambled eggs.

  • Chop garlic scapes into little coins and add to stir-fries and fried rice.

  • Finely dice a couple of garlic scapes and and mix into a vinaigrette. (They also make a tasty addition to green goddess dressing.)

  • Throw whole scapes on the grill, just like you would make grilled scallions.

  • Fold chopped scapes into a dip for grilled meat or roasted veg.

  • Cut garlic scapes into 6-inch pieces and pickle them. (Think pickled green beans or thin kosher dill pickles.

  • Sauté scapes and use them as a pizza topping. Don't forget to save any leftover sautéeing oil for drizzling.

  • Use the scapes whole in a warm-weather-friendly braise.

  • Mix chopped scapes with a stick of butter to make a garlicky compound butter for grilled or pan-fried fish