The best part about them? They taste like garlic! They bring assertive, savory garlic flavor to the table along with a crisp taste, similar to green onions. When eaten raw, expect a bright and pungent bite, as you would with a raw garlic clove, but not as spicy. When cooked, garlic scapes are mild, slightly sweet and oh-so tender.
These delicious vegetables are extremely versatile! Try slicing up ¼-inch pieces and topping a salad, mashed potatoes or even nachos! They are amazing finely chopped and mixed into a chicken, potato or egg salad. Sauté them in a pan or roast them in the oven with olive oil and a little salt and pepper for an easy and delectable side dish. They make an excellent addition to a stir-fry and if you enjoy some char, they are to die for grilled. And if you’re really feeling creative, try pickling a batch! Think of ways that you would use green onions or scallions and try substituting garlic scapes. Actually, because of their pretty spiral, people have actually used them in flower bouquets too! The possibilities are ENDLESS!
Garlic scapes are good for you too! Just like garlic cloves, consuming them can help lower cholesterol levels, regulate blood pressure and prevent heart disease and cancer! They contain a good amount of protein, vitamin C and calcium and can help boost your immune system and reduce inflammation!
Wondering where these scapes have been all your life and why up until now you haven’t heard much about them? Well, garlic scapes have been discarded for decades, only in the last 10 years have U.S. garlic farmers started to realize they were harvesting another delicacy right along with their bulbs!
Now, let’s talk logistics!
How to Prep Garlic Scapes
First, just as you would with asparagus, remove the woody or hard ends. Next, snap off the bloom end from the flower bud up so that you’re left with only the pliable, middle part of the scape. From there, slice, chop and cook as you please!
TIP: Don’t throw the ends away! The ends can be a flavorful aromatic for soups and stews, just make sure to pull them out before serving.
How to Store Garlic Scapes
Place them in a paper bag or a slightly open plastic bag in the crisper of your fridge and they will keep for a few weeks. To freeze, wash and trim the scapes then freeze in an airtight ziplock bag (no need to blanche!).
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