They might look like something out of a science-fiction movie, but I always think of Morticia Adams when I see garlic scapes — a bouquet of curvy, skinny stems with a garlicky scent and flavor . A woman who loved the stems more than the roses would certainly love the scapes more than the garlic. (Of course, with her family history, she may not have loved garlic at all!!)
I cut all of the scapes off of the garlic today. I SHOULD have cut them about a week ago, but a week of mostly rain followed by a Father’s day weekend out of town delayed the cutting. I’ve read it’s best to cut them before they curve.
It’s easy to forget that a “head of garlic” is in fact a bulb.
When it’s time to send up a flower to procreate, the hardneck garlic shoots out a thick flower stem that curves back on itself and eventually forms tiny little garlic “bulbils.” If you are adventurous, you can research and allow those bulbils to develop. I’m sticking with the conventional wisdom of cutting off the scape, which allows the bulb to develop better. (I’ve recently read differing opinions, but I”m not ready to experiment.)
So now I have two bunches of scapes. I love to roast them, but I’m leaning toward pickling and/or pesto this year. How do you like garlic scapes?