The Edible Flower
The garlic scape is the edible flower stalk found on certain members of the allium family. They have a flavor that is milder than the garlic clove, and a broad spectrum of uses from soups to salads to garnishes. The garlic scape is an allium delicacy that is highly prized and traditionally used in Korean, Southern & Eastern European cuisine because of its subtle garlic flavor & tender-crisp texture. Check out our other recipes blog post or garlic scape recipes info page.
When harvesting scapes, we typically wait until the scape makes a full curl and then snap off where it emerges from the leaves. This is when they will be most tender. The entire scape is edible, however, folks typically use the portion from the snapped end to the bulge where the flower is beginning to form. Some folks pull the scape straight up to get more of the tender stalk, however, we do not recommend this. It leaves a cavity where rain can collect, leading to possible bulb damage. Want to learn more?..Check out our picking garlic scapes info page.
Storing Garlic Scapes
You can store the garlic scapes in a brown paper bag in the fridge for a couple months. You can also store in plastic bags, just be sure you don’t seal them too tightly, allowing some airflow. Simply folding the bag over once will do the trick!
Scapes are fresh picked before packing & have not been washed. Wash before use. Rest assured, our efforts in delivering clean and safe garlic scapes to our customers is a top priority. If you’ve placed an order with us, inspect promptly after receiving. Contact us immediately if there’s a need to review your order, email is best, and sending photos helps too.
Preserving Garlic Scapes
Scapes can be frozen. They can be frozen whole and taken out as needed. We like to dice them up before freezing in small jars or bags to save time on cooking day. Blanching first will assure the best results at thawing time, however, we often do not blanch beforehand.
· Chop to desired size or pulse in food processor and freeze ¼ c. portions to easily add to dishes later.
· Chop in a food processor into small bits & put in ice cube trays with or without butter or olive oil.
· Preserve them by using a “Dilly Bean” canning recipe found in many canning cookbooks or online.
· Add to pickled beets or cucumbers for a garlic punch.
It has become our go-to way to season our food. As you can see a little goes a long way. It’s a great way to bring wonderful flavor to so many dishes. Email us & let us know how you have been using your scapes.