4 Things You Can Do With Garlic Scapes
Garlic scapes are thin, curly stalks that grow from the tops of garlic bulbs. They are usually harvested so that all of the energy can go to growing the bulb of garlic. However, they are completely edible and delicious. The garlic scapes can also grow flowers. They are usually cut off and thrown away because they aren’t as tender as the rest of it but they are entirely edible as well. The Greensted sells garlic scape pesto in the Farm Store, make sure to check it out!
Make Scape Pesto
The most common use for garlic scapes is to turn them into pesto! Either mixing the scapes with herbs, like dill and basil, or using the scapes alone, this makes for a delicious sauce to add to your favorite meals. Check out this recipe for Arugula and Garlic Scape Pesto.
Use those scapes to add flavor to any saute that you make. They are a bit less flavorful than garlic so make sure that you add a few extra to your pan! You can also saute the scapes and then use them on your homemade pizza for a great addition of flavor.
Another way to prepare your scapes is to grill them. This gives the scapes a little extra crunch and can be a great addition to your savory meat. Vegetables have never tasted so good. Check out this recipe for Grilled Sausage with Potatoes and Garlic Scapes. If you don’t like sausage, replace it with a steak, hamburger patty, or porkchop!
Garlic Scape Powder
Do you want your garlic scapes to last all year? Well now they can. Dehydrate your scapes until they are completely dry and then toss them into a spice grinder (or any type of food processor). The result will be amazing garlic scape powder which can be used as a spice all year round.