A garlic scape is the best, most useful thing ever! These weird-looking curly thingies are the flowering stem of garlic. In garlic production, they are removed so that the garlic will focus its energy into growing the bulb. Up until recently, farmers around our region tossed them away. Now that more Americans are willing to try foods that the rest of the world has been eating for centuries, farmers can sell another perfectly good (or great) food.
Why are they the best things ever? You can use them just like you would garlic without having to mess with the peeling part. You can use them like chives and scallions. Eat them raw, stir-fry, puree, grill, pickle, wear them to ward off vampires. They last forever in the refrigerator and can be frozen which, BTW, is brilliant because you can pop-in and grab a stalk as needed. People, do not miss the great scape opportunity!
Here are our recommendations for the two best things to do with garlic scapes:
Garlic Scape Paste
Puree a handful of scapes with about 1/4 cup of olive oil.
Garlic Scape Pesto
1/4 cup nuts
1/3 cup olive oil
4 oz garlic scapes
You can add kale, basil, parsley, or any herb or green!
Unlike basil pesto, garlic scape pesto doesn’t turn brown and will last in the refrigerator for days.