If you grow your own garlic, the scapes are likely ready to be harvested now. Scapes are the long flower stalks that rise from the bulb. Some gardeners believe that they must be cut off once they curl to allow the plant’s energy to go into producing a larger garlic bulb. Others disagree, arguing that it makes no difference. Whatever you believe, one thing is true: these things are delicious! They are available at local farmer’s markets now if you don’t grow your own garlic.
Here are a few suggestions of what you can do with these odd-looking things:
1. Remove the flower head, chop them in 2 cm. lengths and saute them in a stir-fry.
2. Steam them with fresh asparagus spears. Tonight we made foil packets of asparagus and garlic scapes, dotted them with butter and roasted them on the barbecue.
3. Saute them in a small amount of oil and season with a little salt. Try different oils, like walnut or sesame. Try some of the flavoured local Vancouver Island salts.
4. Toss them into a quinoa salad. Chop them very finely if you are going to serve them raw as they may look like chives but they are not as tender.
5. Make garlic scape pesto. Soooo good!
6. Chop finely and add them to a marinade.
7. Just shove them in a vase and you’ll have an instant artistic floral arrangement as a centrepiece.