About: Garlic Scapes

In late spring/early summer hard neck garlic plants produce a flower stalk called scapes or whistles. Sometimes they are straight and sometimes quite curly.


Garlic scapes are juicy and mild and much like green garlic, they can be used more liberally than mature garlic and are wonderful broiled, as a pesto or as additions to soups, sauces, egg and cheese dishes or stir fries. Unlike mature garlic, garlic scapes need to be refrigerated in a plastic bag and used within a week to 10 days.




Techniques and ingredients that are particularly suited to garlic scapes:

  • Pesto
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Added to mayonnaise
  • Fish and shellfish (white fish, mussels and clams, salmon)
  • Beans
  • Pasta, rice, other grains
  • Leafy greens