Garlic scapes!

Garlic scapes are the curly stem of a garlic

The garlic that I planted last October is now producing scapes. What are scapes? First you need to know that there are two types of garlic-hardneck or softneck. Softneck varieties are the kind that are sold in the grocery stores because it has a longer shelf life than hardneck varieties. Softneck varieties can be braided. But hardneck varieties are suppose to be more flavorful. Hardneck garlic varieties tend to do best in colder climates as they are winter hardy.

So let’s talk about what are scapes. Hardneck garlic varieties produce a tender flower and stalk called a scape which is long, dark green and curly. Removing the scape makes the garlic concentrate it’s energy into producing bigger heads. Cut the scape off where it starts on the garlic. Garlic scapes are harvested in the late spring and the bulbs are harvested later in mid-summer (if you planted garlic in the fall).

garlic-scapes-courtesy of Chatelaine

Garlic scapes taste like a blend of scallions and garlic although less fiery than garlic bulbs. Keep garlic scapes in the crisper—they can last up to two weeks when fresh. You can also chop them up like scallions and freeze them in plastic bags, which will preserve them for much longer. They’re great in stir fry. They can be diced and used in any way you might use scallions.

5 comments on “Garlic scapes!

  1. lava says:

    i would like to add the garlic scapes to a bouquet of flowers!!

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  2. lava says:

    also, thanx sooooo much for the videos! so well done, i can hear you even w/ the sound of the wind!

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  3. Linda Phelps says:

    Garlic scape pesto is delicious. It is made like regular pesto with olive oil and nuts.

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  4. tonytomeo says:

    That’s pretty cool. There was garlic in the last garden, but someone else managed it. Gee, I do not even remember what type it was anymore! I remember softneck garlic from a long time ago in another garden, but can not remember what we grew more recently. I do not remember cutting bloom from the garlic from years ago. It seems like it was pulled before it grew much at all, and before it started to die back. The bulbs were nice, but there was not much foliage to them. The more recent garlic got bigger, with yellowing foliage.

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