Garlic ScapesScapes are the flower stalks found on members of the Allium family (onions, leeks, chives, and garlic). Garlic scapes, which only appear on hardneck garlic varieties, curl upward as they grow, ultimately straighten, and then grow little seed-like bulbs. Garlic growers cut the scapes to enhance bulb growth. When garlic scapes are still in full curl, they are tender and delicious. They provide a subtle garlic flavor and crunchiness if added to salads and soups, they cook well in stir fries, and can be processed in vinegars, as pickles, or into a green pesto sauce.

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