What is it?
In late June at the Farmer’s Market you might find some fascinating hard green stocks with a closed flower at the end … they are garlic scapes! They are the flower bud of the garlic plant and are removed to encourages growth of the bulb.
Where does it grow?
Garlic is grown worldwide.
How to eat it?
Depending on the variety the stems might or might not be able to eat. In the variety pictured above, the stems are extremely hard and would not be good for eating. The most edible part is the flower bud, which is exposed once the “petals” are peeled back. The florets can be cut off and used just like minced garlic. They are less potent than a bulb of garlic, so you will need to use more than the more amount in a recipe.
Selection & Storage:
Garlic scapes can in stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or on the counter for a few days.
- Garlic Bread – Toast bread with a thin layer of olive oil spread on it. Once it is toasted spread the garlic scape florets on it. Enjoy immediately!
- Flower Bouquets – Garlic scapes add a visually pleasing element to a bouquet of flowers. They are unique and are a great conversation starter.