Some of my favorite foods are the most fleeting; morels, asparagus, chanterelles, and of course, garlic scapes. I find myself consuming enough to make up for the entire year, and what doesn't go directly into my mouth or a pan goes into a jar for summer flavor during the winter. Garlic scapes are best when made simply.
So, where to begin.
First of all, what the heck are scapes?
Garlic is planted in the autumn (like a daffodil bulb) and sits in dormancy until spring. When it emerges, it sends up leaves to collect sunlight and to help grow the bulb under the earth. Once the bulb begins to form, the garlic will send up a stalk with a flower to reproduce. This is the scape. Since we typically plant garlic by the clove, we do not need the garlic to reproduce in this way. We snip the scape and the garlic is encouraged to put all of its energy into growing its root bulb now instead of putting its energy into reproducing. Thus, we get to enjoy the delicious bulbs and the delicious scapes in one season!
What does it taste like?
Scapes are like a subtle garlic; not overpowering, but just the loveliest amount of sweet mellow garlic.
Now what do I do with it?
Eating seasonally is exciting and inspiring. It invites adventure into the kitchen and reminds us of the life cycle of the things around us that we are consuming. Enjoy getting to know the garlic scape! It won't be around long.
Garlic Scape and Ricotta Crostini
Recipe from Wanderings TIn My Kitchen: https://wanderingsinmykitchen.com/garlic-scape-and-ricotta-crostini/