If you aren’t sure what a garlic scape is, you’re not alone. This part of the garlic plant is gaining recognition for use in cooking. Restaurants are using them as edible garnishes for the dining plate. They are beautiful in appearance, with that double curl, white bulbil and tapered end.

Simply put, each hardneck garlic plant sends up one scape through the center stalk. Each one needs to be cut off so energy goes underground to the bulb.


Garlic Scapes - from Hardneck Garlic. Available for sale mid-June.


These delicious and healthy scapes let us enjoy an early fresh taste of garlic goodness! Here are a few ways to use them.


Pickled Garlic Scapes

2 pounds garlic scapes

1/4 cup canning salt

2  1/2 cups vinegar

2  1/2 cups water

1 tsp cayenne pepper, divided

4 heads dill, divided

fresh hot peppers if desired



Garlic Scapes, Dill and Hot Peppers, making Pickled Garlic Scapes


Trim the scapes. You can process only the straight portion of the scape or the whole thing. Combine salt, vinegar and water in a large saucepot. Bring to a boil.
Pickled Garlic Scapes
Pack the garlic scapes into hot jars, leaving 1/4″ headspace.
Add 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper and 1 head of dill to each pint.
Ladle hot liquid over the scapes, leaving 1/4″ headspace.
Remove the air bubbles. Process pints or quarts 10 minutes in a boiling water bath canner.
Yield: about four pints.

Garlic Scape Pesto

Here’s a great recipe for Garlic Scape Pesto, courtesy of the New York Times


10 Things to do with Garlic Scapes

From the folks at BonAppetit, here’s a list (and recipes) for 10 things to do with Garlic Scapes


and here’s 20 Different Ways to Cook up Garlic Scapes

From HuffingtonPost, here’s more recipes and ideas! You’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for with this list of 20 different ways to cook Garlic Scapes