Garlic scapes are the flower bud stem of the hardneck garlic plants. Scapes first grow out staight out of the center of the garlic bulb, and then coil, looking like an long curly green bean. Removing the scape from the garlic plant encourages the plant to direct its energy toward the growing bulb under ground
Garlic scapes come on once a year and can be found for about 1 month out of the year, usually at farmers markets. Scapes can be pickled, grilled, dried, frozen, chopped, sauted, and made into pesto. Raw garlic scapes have a less fiery garlic flavor. The texture is dense and meaty comparable to asparagus. The end, where the flower pod would form, can be quite fibrous and is typically trimmed before use.
We sell garlic scapes by the pound.