28 Jun All About Scapes
What are garlic scapes?
Garlic scapes are the flower bud of the garlic plant and can be used the same way as garlic bulbs. Most scapes have a slightly more mild flavor than the bulb and can be pleasantly consumed raw.
What’s the nutritional benefit?
They have many of the same benefits as the garlic bulb. Research supports the role for garlic in improving immune function and health. Garlic has been proven to reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, and fight off certain diseases, like heart disease, high blood pressure, and some types of cancer. Garlic scapes are said to be one of the most nutritional veggies out there, so soak in all the scapes you can get for the short period of time they’re in season!
How do you store garlic scapes?
Garlic scapes keep well in a plastic bag in the fridge for two to three weeks. They will keep for a few days (and will look beautiful) in a glass with a little cool water in it, on the counter in a cool room. Change water daily.
What to do with garlic scapes?
- Scape pesto
- Sautee in stir frys
- Add to dressings or marinades
- Eat raw in a salad or munch on as a snack
- Scape pesto
- Roasted, grilled, and blanched
- Used as an addition in a flower bouquet
Roasted (or Grilled) Garlic Scapes
- Handful of garlic scapes
- Olive oil
- Salt & pepper
Roasted: Spread a light layer of olive oil on a baking sheet, lay the scapes on top and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast at 350 degree Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes.
Grilled: Toss scapes in olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Place on a medium hot grill and grill until slightly brown, turning them occasionally.