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Tender Profile | Garlic Scapes

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Garlic scapes, a.k.a. the flower stalk of Allium sativum

Who am I?

  • Plant family: Amaryllidaceae
  • Harvest season: Mid-to-late June
  • Botanical details: Scapes are the shoots that grow from hard-necked garlic. They are harvested in June, once they begin to curl, so that the plant puts the majority of its resources into forming its bulb (i.e. heads of garlic) 
  • Great source of*: Because garlic scapes are generally eaten in small amounts (as is garlic, generally), one wouldn't normally consider it as a source of nutrients. However, scapes are thought to share the benefits of garlic cloves, including antioxidant properties. 

*contains more than 10% of the recommended daily allowance for these nutrients

How to care for me:

  • Keep me in a plastic bag in the fridge, or, if you're planning to use me quickly, with my stems in a glass of water on the counter (make sure the trim the stem right before putting the scapes in the glass). 

Pairings:

  • Scapes are great grilled or sautéed, and pair well with anything that tastes good with garlic cloves, for instance: chicken, beef, eggs, mushrooms, olive oil, and tomatoes. The flavor is a bit milder than that of bulb garlic.

How to cook me: 

Fun Facts (about garlic in general, not scapes, specifically):

  • The word "garlic" is Anglo-Saxon in origin, and translates as "spear plant." 
  • In Ancient Greece, brides carried bouquets of garlic and herbs. 
  • In Bram Stoker's Dracula, garlic is mentioned 21 times. 
  • The city of Chicago got its name from the word "chicagaoua," a Native American term for the wild garlic that grows near Lake Michigan. 
  • The juice from garlic can be used as an adhesive.