Garlic scapes, what are they? Garlic scapes are the flower bud of the garlic plant. The bud is removed in late June to encourage the garlic bulbs to thicken up. The question is what do you do with garlic scapes? Scapes can be used in so many ways. They make a fabulous addition to a flower bouquet but they are also so delicious to eat. You can use them in any recipe exactly the way garlic is used. Last week I mentioned that it was almost time to harvest my garlic scapes.Garlic Scapes

How do I use them? If you are a pesto lover they make the most delicious garlic scape pesto. You can combine it with basil or just use the scapes. Either way is delicious, we especially enjoy garlic scape pesto tossed with pasta!Garlic Scape Pesto and Pasta,What Do You Do with Garlic Scapes?Garlic scapes can also be cut  up and used in a stir fry. One of my favorite stir fry recipes is this delicious garlic scape scampi. Use them like you would onions in any favorite stir fry recipe.garlic scape shrimp, What Do You Do with Garlic Scapes?I’ve also made garlic scape pickles. They taste very much like pickled beans.Garlic Scape PicklesThe more ways I find to use the garlic scapes the more I think I should just grow more garlic!garlic bulbs, garlic sets, gardenDo you grow garlic? What is your favorite way to use the scapes?

8 comments on “What Do You Do with Garlic Scapes?

ColleenB.~Texas on June 22, 2016 1:08 pm

My husband doesn’t like garlic so I don’t use it or grow it. He just doesn’t know what’s good for him

Nancy Wolff on June 22, 2016 1:10 pm

Colleen,
Your husband does not know what he is missing! I couldn’t do without onions and garlic! 🙂

Brandon M. Ross on June 27, 2016 1:42 am

try making pickled garlic all you do is peal the garlic then put into a mason jar cover with vinegar and add some sugar no more than a tablespoon or two, add some dill, or black pepper, chilli’s or what ever kind of spice your husband likes and a pinch or two of salt. put it into your fridge and give it a shake or two a week for about 2 months then grate up the garlic with a fine grater and add it to you mashed potatoes and there you are it is done and you husband won’t know that it’s garlic in the potatoes and so long as they are refridgerated the garlic will get better and better with age just like wine. Have a Great day
Brandon Ross

Nancy Wolff on June 27, 2016 3:45 am

Brandon, this sounds amazing going to have to give it a try!

Shannon on June 22, 2016 2:00 pm

I love garlic scape. I have not pickled them before but I have made pesto and stir fried them. I have also dehydrated them, ground them into powder and use them as a seasoning.

Nancy Wolff on June 22, 2016 11:20 pm

Shannon,
Love the idea of dehydrating them! Never thought of that!

klara on June 22, 2016 8:25 pm

I love garlic. unfortunately don’t have the opportunity to grow it. your dishes look so delicious.

Jamie @ Medium Sized Family on June 23, 2016 3:15 pm

This makes me miss my garden! I love fresh garlic, and you’ve got some great ways to use the scapes here. Pinning this!

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