What To Do With The Garlic Scapes In Your Kitchen

July 21, 2014 by


I first tried Garlic Scapes earlier this year when my friend shared a jar she had pickled from her garden. (Thanks, Aemi!) Until then, I had never even heard of them.

Just a few weeks ago, my sweet friend and neighbor brought me a bag of them that she had purchased from the Farmer’s Market. (Thank you, Cheryl!)

Today I’d like to share with you what Garlic Scapes are and a few ways in which you can use them. If you grow your own garlic, you will be able to use a part of your plant that you may have previously thrown away. If you come across these at the Farmer’s Market or in your CSA box, you will know exactly what to do with them.

What is a Garlic Scape?

“If you grow your own garlic or have a good farmer’s market, then you can enjoy a new kind of vegetable — garlic scapes. The scapes are the flower stems that garlic plants produce before the bulbs mature. Growers often remove the scapes to push the plant’s energy toward bigger bulbs, and when harvested while they are young and tender, the scapes are delicious.” ~Mother Earth News

You can read the rest of the Mother Earth News Article here: Garlic Scapes

For more information on Garlic Scapes as well as links to several recipes, see What Are Garlic Scapes? And What Do You Do With Them? from gardening.about.com.

Serious Eats has an article with several ideas: The Crisper Whisperer: 7 Things To Do with Garlic Scapes. 

Foodie with Family has a great tutorial for Pickled Garlic Scapes.

This Chard and Garlic Scape Tart from Barista Kids looks delicious.

If dehydrating is your preservation method of choice, check out this tutorial from Dyer Family Organic Farm.

Whether you eat Garlic Scapes fresh in a salad, sauteed in a savory dish, in a pesto, pickled, or dried, I hope you will enjoy these links.

If you’re looking for a dehydrator to preserve your summer bounty, I use and recommend the Excalibur.

This Cuisinart 9-cup Food Processor has saved me a ton of time in the kitchen, not only during harvest time, but all year round.

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What is your favorite way to eat or prepare them? Do you have a link you’d like to share in the comments?

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10 Responses to What To Do With The Garlic Scapes In Your Kitchen

  1. Rick

    At first I thought you had misspelled “scraps”. I was thinking garlic scraps, the parts you don’t use. Who knew such things as this? I wonder if they would be good in a smoothy? Scapes, my new word for the day!

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