The Garden at 485 Elm
People growing together:
a collaborative community garden in Montpelier, Vermont

We’ve picked the last garlic scape

062015 Ripe garlic scape

Garlic scape ready to pick and eat at The Garden at 485 Elm. (It’s been picked and eaten.)

Garlic scapes are delicious.

Picking the scapes allows the plant to send its energy to the garlic bulbs everyone is waiting for, so this harvest yields winners all around.

This week I learned that scapes are ready to eat when they twist over like the one pictured here. I also learned that scapes break off easily when they’re at their best texture for eating.

What to do with garlic scapes? Slice them up and use them like garlic. Add them to salads. Sauté them with other veggies in olive oil. Toss them into pasta dishes.

Or make garlic scape pesto. Yum! Here’s a recipe.