What is it?
They are the flower bud of the garlic plant and are removed to encourage growth of the bulb.
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 that you can eat!
Where does it grow?
You will find that garlic is grown worldwide.
How to eat it?
Depending on the variety, the stems you 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.
Various ways you can degust it
Try grilled garlic scapes taste great with salads and mix with other veggies. Or mix it with garlic cloves on a sauté before adding it into your casseroles.
Yummy, I will suggest making a garlic scape pesto pasta with fresh broccoli or spinach.
Selection & Storage:
Garlic scapes can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or on the counter for a few days.
Other garlic uses
- 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. You can 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.