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By June 30, 2011

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garlic scapesOne of the best things about growing your own garlic, (aside from the obvious -- a delicious harvest of beautiful heads of garlic right from your own garden) is getting a crop of garlic scapes out of the deal. Garlic scapes are the flowering stalks of hardneck varieties of garlic. In late spring to early summer, in addition to the strappy green foliage, you'll start to see a round stem growing up from the bulb. It will get around two feet tall, form a bud, and start to curl over. Once the scape starts curling, it's time to harvest!

To harvest garlic scapes, just cut them off the plant 6 to 10 inches below the forming flower bud. They have a delicious, sweet, mild garlicky flavor that works very well in many dishes. If you're wondering what to do with all of this garlicky goodness, here are a few ideas. Bon appétit!

I also use garlic scapes on pizza, and in omelets and frittatas. Once you harvest your garlic scapes, you can keep them in a bag in the crisper for a few days, but the sooner you use them, the better. Have you tried garlic scapes?


April 18, 2012 at 9:40 pm
(1) Johnny says:

Great! Thanks for this – I wasn’t aware of these uses at all.

May 22, 2012 at 11:14 pm
(2) Deb in AZ says:

Never heard of garlic scapes but we have garden garlic so will watch for the curls.

June 23, 2012 at 6:40 pm
(3) Barbara says:

Just harvested my garlic scapes and plan to use them with a little onion and mushrooms for a side with a good steak! Mmmmm!!!!

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