What are Garlic Scapes?
"Garlic scapes are worth getting to know."
- Alison Spiegel, The Hiffington Post -
Another early summer culinary treat! Scapes are the curled flower stalks of hardneck garlic varieties that grow so well in Canada. We cut the scapes after thier first curl to encourage better bulb growth and size. Available through early summer scapes can be used in any recipe that calls for regular garlic.
Scapes taste like garlic but are a bright, fresh, verdant version of it. Their fresh, mild garlicky flavour makes them perfect for eating raw in salads or add to stir-fries just before serving.
Treat scapes like a green vegetable.
Steam them like asparagus. As soon as they’re limp, toss with butter, salt and pepper.
Saute them with butter. Just heat up a pan, toss in some butter and cook them until tender.
Stir-fry them. Chop the scapes into one-inch lengths and add to your favourite Asian wok dish.
Sprinkle them on a pizza.
Infuse them into vinegar to create as a base for homemade salad dressing.