What are Garlic Scapes?
Garlic scapes are the flower bud of the hardneck garlic plant. The bud is removed in June to encourage the bulbs to thicken up. Scapes are a gourmet treat! Prepping them couldn’t be easier: Just trim and discard the stringy tip of the scape, then cut crosswise, either into tiny coins or string bean-like stalks. The easiest way to think about cooking with garlic scapes is to use them the way you would use garlic or scallions, although there’s hardly a wrong way to enjoy these tasty tendrils.
Things to do with garlic scapes:
1. Blend several stalks into a garlicky pesto. If you're a hardcore garlic fan, leave out the basil altogether.
2. Fold chopped and sauteed scapes into the best scrambled eggs ever.
3. Chop scapes into little coins, as you would scallions, and add to stir fries or fried rice.
4. Braid scapes into a necklace and wear to repel vampires.
5. Finely dice a couple scapes and add to a vinaigrette or green goddess dressing.
6. Sprinkle with olive oil and sea salt and roast or grill until just-tender. Bon appetit!