Crops & Varieties: Garlic Scapes
Early in the season--and only for a brief couple of weeks--we’ll be bringing you garlic scapes, which are basically the stems of the hardneck garlic plant with the flower’s bud just starting to develop (some call them "pigtails" because of the curl). They are removed so the plant puts its energy into the bulbs rather than the flower. The scape's specific flavor (some find them to be mild, while others find them to be extra potent) is something you can only find for a few weeks each years—and only directly from farmers!
These delicately-flavored stems are great in a stir fry, on pasta, or sauteed.
Though you might be tempted to eat them raw, they're much better in one of their preferred states: parboiled in broth, roasted or sauteed in butter.