Garlic scapes are the treasure of every garlic lover. These coveted gems are a new and cherished delicacy in our household. Easy to make, and packed full of the most perfectly mild yet rich garlic flavor you will ever taste. I can’t say enough about this new find in my flavor world!
This is a guest post written for the fabulous ladies at Simple Goodness Farm. Thank you Venise and Belinda for the opportunity to share in the garlicy fun! Among their many talents, growing garlic on a large-scale is a big part of their lives. I liked growing garlic before I met them. But now I loooooove growing garlic. I’ve learned so much. If you enjoy reading about permaculture, homesteading, and small town life, check these girls out. They are great!
Our story begins at the local watering hole, where I met Venise about a year ago through our mutual friends, the Stouts. We started gabbing about our love for gardening, and then writing, which was about the time we discovered we both had blogs! I was thrilled! This was my first time meeting a fellow blogger in the flesh! A tangible, real, live person! Yay!! Of course we hit it off, finding many things in common, especially garlic.
For planting on a larger scale, check out their post: Planting Garlic
Fall rolls around and their farm became a warehouse chalked full of delicious varieties both for planting and cooking. Naturally when they opened the operation to the public, guess who was there? I purchased several varieties for planting and cooking. When I came home here’s what I did: Go Garlic Grow!
Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago and you would find us at the Stouts for an impromptu crab boil. They just returned from their trip with their limit which they certainly could not eat without a little help from friends. So they called up everyone they knew and pretty much insisted we change our dinner plans….
Are you going to say no to that?? Me neither!! So we headed over with half the town. Lo and behold, Venise, husband Ross, and their adorable daughter Deyton show up with a bag full of greens I could not identify. When I asked, they said they were garlic scapes.
What is a garlic scape? Essentially it’s the flower and stem from the hardneck varieties of garlic.
What do you do with them? Once the flower is broken off, you can saute the stem as an amazing summer side dish. It texture is similar to asparagus with a flavor that is sweet and garlicy but not overpowering.
For more information check out their post: Growing Garlic: Cutting Scapes.
Where can I get these wonderful scapes? Sigh, here’s the bad-ish news: I’ve never seen them sold at stores or produce markets. That doesn’t mean they aren’t… I would guess if you were going to look, perhaps your local farmers market may have them around this time of year. For me, the only way I know to get scapes is to grown hardneck garlic. And why not? Garlic is awesome and if you’re like me, you use it All. The. Time.
- It’s easy! Garlic is one of the easiest plants to grow! Seriously, you can go to the store, buy a head, break off the cloves and stick them in the ground, they’ll grow. However, most of what is sold at the store are softneck varieties and will not yeild scapes. You’ll need to purchase those from a grower. But they’re cheap and easy to access if you do a little internet searching.
- Minimal care: When I say minimal care, I mean, like, no care! You don’t have to water, fertilize, or worry about pests, disease, etc. They are super hardy. Less is more when dealing with garlic.
- Great in small spaces: Garlic can be planted with as little spacing as 4 inches between cloves. You can pack a ton in a small space.
- They let you know when they are ready for harvest: Once the leaves are mostly brown (usually around late July/August) gently pull them out of the ground! Ta da! Garlic.
- Garlic stays fresh of a long time: Dry out the stalks, braid them, and they will keep for months! And they make pretty kitchen decor too!
So why not grow some this fall? You won’t regret it!
Sheesh I had a lot to say and I haven’t even gotten to the recipe!! LOL. I just love garlic! OK enough blabbing, here we go:
- 1 dozen garlic scapes
- 1/3 stick butter
Time: 15 minutes
In a large frying pan or skillet melt butter. (I just used the same pan I had already sautéed onions and garlic in, hence the little flecks of stuff….flavor stuff!)
Remove flower from scape. Simply bend sharply at the base of the flower and it will snap right off.
I like to cut them in half since they’re so long.
Place in pan and saute for 15-20 minutes tossing every 4-5 minutes.
Set on paper towels to remove excess oil and serve hot.