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The first time I saw garlic scapes, I didn’t think they were edible, due to their long, gangly heads and seemingly tough stalk. However, I soon learned that scapes are an easy addition to almost any menu, given a bit of creativity. I prize them now — they are a flavorful and nutritious green when most crops haven’t even been planted yet. I’m convinced scapes are God’s way of proving that He provides for every season!
So what are garlic scapes? They are the tall stems and unopened flower buds of certain hard-neck varieties of garlic. Scapes have a slightly sweet, mild garlic flavor and the firmness of tender asparagus. This makes them easy to use in a variety of dishes, from soups to stir-fries.
My favorite way to eat garlic scapes is in pesto — it accompanies pasta, chicken, salmon, potato salad, and burgers beautifully. Today in my monthly post over at GNOWFGLINS, I'm sharing my family's favorite recipe.