Scapes are the flowering stalk of hardneck garlic. Scapes are a true delicacy and are only available for a limited time in the spring. Raw scapes are great in salads, pesto and hummus recipes. Scapes can be roasted similar to asparagus and have a nutty/garlic flavor.

Garlic scapes have a mild garlic flavor and can be used as a garnish, in soups, meats and salads when simply chopped raw. The scapes keep well in the refrigerator for up to a month. Just put them into a paper bag and fold the top down to keep them from drying out. Wash the scapes before using.

Scapes can also be frozen or dehydrated for later use. Simply wash them and pat dry with a paper towel and cut off 1/2 inch from the cut end. They can be used in stir fry, sautéed like green beans, steamed with lemon as a side dish or chopped into any salsa or dip.