Another Reason To Grow Your Own Garlic

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Scapes!  Scapes are the curly tendril flower shoot of the garlic plant.  If you don’t pick them, they will slow further growth of the garlic bulb under the ground because the plant is putting it’s energy into the flower instead of the root.  From one plant you get both scapes and bulbs.  It’s like a two-fer!  I get rid of about 5 inches of the pointy end because it gets tough when cooked.  The rest of it is tender and tasty, delicious sliced into stir fry.  We’ll harvest the garlic in about a month, then let it hang for a few more weeks and it should last us until January.  In the meantime, we’re having leg of lamb with sauteed scapes for dinner tonight.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Knickers
    May 29, 2011 @ 18:20:24

    I LOVE garlic scapes. My fil used to grow masses of garlic to sell at market and introduced us to them. Good lord but they are yummy.


  2. Tracy
    May 30, 2011 @ 08:04:22

    they’re awesome in my pot sticker recipe!


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