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What is a Garlic Scape?

I've posted a couple of recipes lately in which I used garlic scapes.

I've gotten emails.

Garlic scapes? WHAT are garlic scapes? Where do I buy them? Help!

garlic scapesI have to be honest. I never heard of garlic scapes before they came in our box from our CSA.

But they came several weeks in a row, so I had to figure out what to do with them.

Apparently, garlic scapes are the shoots that garlic bulbs send up as they're growing. Garlic bulbs want to become garlic plants, so they send up green things like onions do.

Farmers harvest these shoots so that the plant uses its energy to make a bigger bulb instead of making a bigger plant. I get this. That's how plants work.

Instead of throwing the sprouts in the compost pile, our farmers send them out in the CSA boxes. I've heard you can also buy them at some farmer's markets or directly from farmers who grow garlic.

Garlic scapes definitely taste like garlic, but the flavor is very mild. They're like garlic essence, without the bite you back quality of a clove of garlic.

If you love garlic like I do or if you like garlic but hate to smell for days, you should definitely look for garlic scapes.

And then come back and tell me about it.

To inspire you, I found a few recipes featuring garlic scapes:

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54 thoughts on “What is a Garlic Scape?”

  1. Never heard of them. Now I am going to have to look for them. Thanks for the lesson.
    .-= TooManyHats´s last blog ..Recipe Swap 7/13/09 =-.

  2. I had never heard of them either – but heck they taste like garlic so they must be good! I will be on the lookout for them when I get to a farmer’s market.
    .-= Robyns Online World´s last blog ..What a Man! =-.

  3. I’ve never heard of that! Sounds pretty good because I love to cook with garlic. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= anissa´s last blog ..Toddler Virtue Tees Reviews =-.

  4. Never heard of them. Now I am going to have to look for them. Thanks for the lesson.
    .-= TooManyHats´s last blog ..Recipe Swap 7/13/09 =-.

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  6. I had never heard of them either – but heck they taste like garlic so they must be good! I will be on the lookout for them when I get to a farmer’s market.
    .-= Robyns Online World´s last blog ..What a Man! =-.

  7. I’ve never heard of that! Sounds pretty good because I love to cook with garlic. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= anissa´s last blog ..Toddler Virtue Tees Reviews =-.

  8. I love Garlic, I am actually growing some now. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Wendy´s last blog ..Factory Outlets in Pa Dutch Country =-.

  9. I’ve never grown garlic, but I do grow shallots and we cut the greens off the top and use them all the time, delicious!! Thank for sharing.
    .-= Jenna @ Newlyweds´s last blog ..Multiples and More Interview =-.

  10. I love Garlic, I am actually growing some now. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Wendy´s last blog ..Factory Outlets in Pa Dutch Country =-.

  11. I’ve never grown garlic, but I do grow shallots and we cut the greens off the top and use them all the time, delicious!! Thank for sharing.
    .-= Jenna @ Newlyweds´s last blog ..Multiples and More Interview =-.

  12. Wow! I’ve never heard of or seen these before. I’ll have to keep an eye out for them, and I’m looking forward to trying your recipes!
    .-= Erin @ Closing Time´s last blog ..WFMW: Sensitive Skin Products That Work! =-.

  13. Wow! I’ve never heard of or seen these before. I’ll have to keep an eye out for them, and I’m looking forward to trying your recipes!
    .-= Erin @ Closing Time´s last blog ..WFMW: Sensitive Skin Products That Work! =-.

  14. Wow, you learn something new every day! I have never ever heard of these!

    🙂
    .-= niki´s last blog ..WFMW…Frugal or Free Pet Toys =-.

  15. Jenny – The taste is very similar to the cloves, but when it’s cooked, it is much more mild. I’ve heard that they’re nasty when raw. 🙂

  16. Jenny – The taste is very similar to the cloves, but when it’s cooked, it is much more mild. I’ve heard that they’re nasty when raw. 🙂

  17. Wow, you learn something new every day! I have never ever heard of these!

    🙂
    .-= niki´s last blog ..WFMW…Frugal or Free Pet Toys =-.

  18. I just got my first batch of garlic scapes in my CSA share yesterday. I was like…”WTH is a garlic scape?!” I just diced some up and put it in my chicken salad sandwich (along with some CSA-provided red bib lettuce) for lunch. It was awesome! I’m a scape convert!

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