Garlic scapes are the curling tops of hardneck garlic. They show up in late spring and early summer, and for some, stoke the same type of fervor as their oniony relatives, ramps. Around here, we’ve come to adore garlic scapes, both for their grassy garlic flavor, and because their arrival at the farmer’s market means that summer produce is on its way.
Milder than bulb garlic, scapes are similar in flavor to green, or young, garlic. Scapes are great in any recipe that calls for garlic, and are especially fantastic in pesto. They are also fabulous in soups, grain or pasta salads, with eggs, and even on the grill. Scapes are still around, but not for long — so next time you see these light green curly beauties at the market, go ahead and pick some up!
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