Garlic scape twisting off the top of the garlic stalk
Our hardneck garlic has started to produce scapes and we were excited to take some to the Farmer's Market recently! What are scapes, you might ask? Scapes are a part of the stalk of the garlic that forms the seed head as the stalk grows taller. When the scape is young it curls up at the top of the plant, and can be harvested and eaten as a tasty addition to a stir fry, made into a pesto, or added to a soup (and many other things!). The scape has a mild garlic flavor. As the stalk gets taller though, the scape straightens out and becomes less edible as the seed head develops.