Garlic scapes are generally 12 to 18 inches long with a quarter-inch diameter. Garlic scapes taste like a blend of onion, scallion and garlic.
Garlic scapes offer less of the fiery garlic taste and have a fresher, “greener” taste. The texture is similar to that of asparagus. They are delicious and add a certain something to any meal.
Garlic scapes are the stem and flower bud of a hardneck garlic plant (Allium sativum). Scapes grow from the garlic bulb then coil and look like long, curly green beans.
Curling garlic scape tendrils are green with a yellowish white bulge, the unopened flower of the plant, in the middle.
Garlic scapes are harvested and ready to eat immediately. Enjoy!
The curly garlic scape tendril and the bud, the yellowish white bulge, are edible. Consume the entire scape, or you can discard the bud depending on your preference. Dice up garlic scapes with a sharp knife as you would chives. In order to chop garlic scapes safely, hold garlic scapes in a bunch and place on a clean cutting board. With a sharp knife chop garlic scapes to desired size.
The curly garlic scape tendril and the bud, the yellowish white bulge, are edible. Consume the entire scape, or you can discard the bud depending on your preference.
Garlic is originally native to Central Asia and Iran. Nowadays, you can find them in garlic growing in gardens all over the world! In terms of commercial garlic farms, the world's top producers of garlic are China, India, South Korea, Egypt, and Russia. The majority of U.S. garlic cloves are grown in California, followed by Oregon and Nevada.
Garlic scapes are a good source of protein, vitamin C, and calcium and, like garlic cloves, can help to prevent heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and cancer. They can also provide immune system support and reduce inflammation.
One cup of raw, uncooked garlic scapes (136g) contains:
Garlic scapes are seasonally available from the end of May to early July.
Garlic scapes can be used in anything you would normally eat with garlic, chives or scallions.
Garlic scapes taste like a milder and earthier form of garlic. Think of it like a cross between garlic and chives.
Substitute garlic scapes in most recipes that call for garlic, scallions, or chives. Garlic scapes can be sautéed, braised, roasted, and grilled. Garlic scapes can also be pickled and fermented.
To store garlic scapes, bundle them together with a rubber band and store in an airtight bag in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
Garlic scapes can also be chopped, placed in a freezer-safe bag and stored frozen for up to one year.
Garlic scapes can also be pickled and fermented to keep long periods of time.
If you plan on eating them within 1-2 days, make a bouquet of garlic scapes in a vase of fresh water. Leave on your counter at room temperature and change water daily.
Garlic belongs to the Allium family, which also includes onion, chives, and leeks, and is incredibly poisonous to dogs.
Your FruitStand fam encourages you to clear the safety of any new fruits or veggies with your veterinarian before offering them your pooch.
Raw garlic scapes themselves may not stain but once cooked, if dropped on the floor, clothing or furniture, they, along with the other food ingredients, may stain. Even though they are light colored, if it comes in contact with light colored fabrics it can leave a brownish stain. They may leave a strong garlic scent on items.
Fruit Geek 101: Keep a portable stain stick on hand for impromptu fruit feasts. Quickly treating a fruit juice spot greatly increases your chances of avoiding a stain.
Here’s how to get the smell of garlic out of your clothing:
Ramps also called wild leeks can sometimes be confused with garlic scapes, since they also tend to be available in early spring. However, ramps are their own plant (unlike scapes, which grow from a garlic plant).
Here are some tried and true ways to clear the heavenly scent of garlic from a room: