Garlic Scapes

Every time we go to the farm I have been thoroughly examining the garlic, wondering when the delicious scapes might appear. I’d feel the leaves coming out of the middle, and they were always flat, not the round stalk I was looking forward to. However, this past weekend gave us a big surprise.
We hadn’t been to the farm for almost a week and when we arrived we were greeted with LOTS of scapes. We picked all of the ones that had fully curled, and there are still many more on their way.

The scape is the stalk that grows from the centre of the stem, and is the beginning of the flower and eventually, seeds. However, common practice in growing garlic is to snap the scape off to focus all of its energy into developing the bulb and cloves.

Scapes are delicious grilled up with other vegetables, cut up into a salad, or made into a pesto. We use a mortar and pestle to grind them up and add to some olive oil and balsamic vinegar to make a delicious bread dipper or salad dressing.

If you haven’t tried scapes before I definitely recommend picking some up at your local farmers market and giving them a try. You certainly won’t regret it.

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