How to Store Garlic Scapes

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by Judy DeLorenzo
Garlic scape powder is a milder riff on regular garlic powder — and you can make it at home.

Harvesting garlic scapes for pestos, stir fries, and garlic scape powder is simple! Learn when to cut garlic scapes, how to store garlic scapes, and more!

Every fall, my husband plants hardneck garlic, 350 cloves of it, which means we harvest 350 heads of garlic the following summer. We prefer to grow cold-hardy hardneck cultivars instead of the softneck types typically found in grocery stores or growing in warmer climes. One advantage is their cloves are larger with thicker skins, making them easier to peel. They taste less sharp to us, yet are more flavorful. Another huge advantage is that only hardneck garlics produce an early harvest of delicious edible scapes.

Harvesting Garlic Scapes

Green stalks of garlic on wooden table. The twisted stems of plants from seed. Preparation…

Garlic scapes are smooth cylindrical stalks that spring up from the center of each plant in early summer, which is peak garlic scape season. Unless cut, they’ll form a flower with seeds. Harvesting garlic scapes is important for two reasons. First, removing scapes stops the flowers and seeds from forming, so the plant focuses all its energy on growing plump garlic bulbs. Second, scapes themselves are versatile and delicious! Watching your growing garlic is the best way to know when to cut garlic scapes; cut them while they’re still tender, after they begin to curl and loop. At this point, the flower head will have formed but will just be a small bump toward the end of the scape. Use a small, sharp knife or a pair of shears to cut off each scape at its base, where it grows out of the plant, being careful not to damage its leaves.

  • Updated on Mar 13, 2024
  • Originally Published on Feb 23, 2024
Tagged with: Country Lore, dehydrated food, garlic, garlic scapes, seasoning
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