WHAT IS A GARLIC SCAPE?
So scapes are the green shoots that grow out of the top of a garlic clove that sat too long in your kitchen. They’re also a metaphorical criticism of your cooking ability. Seriously, who doesn’t use garlic when cooking!!!!! Anyway, cut them off to allow your garlic cloves to grow to a larger, more steroid appropriate size (the energy consumed by the scape is now used elsewhere). A raw garlic scape is actually a beautiful medley of a chive with a mellow dash of garlic. If you’re not a fan of strong garlic dishes, scapes are your new best friend! Don’t saute them or serve them whole, they’re too rich in fiber. Instead, much like with chives, chop them up Hannibal Lector style, cook for a few minutes in oil with the appropriate spices, and serve on top of the appropriate dish.
WHY ARE GARLIC SCAPES GOOD FOR YOU?
There are a lot of “they might” or “they may” theories about the health benefits of garlic scapes. Like with onions and garlic, they are a healthy ingredient rich in fiber and anti-oxidants. They also help improve circulation by increasing the oxygenation of your blood.
WHEN ARE GARLIC SCAPES IN SEASON?
These pale green coils are a late Spring and early Summer harvest.
HOW SHOULD GARLIC SCAPES BE STORED?
Ideally they’re stored, 1 scape per barrel, in the chambers of a Desert Eagle or .357 Magnum. This is why the Israeli military only serves garlic scapes the evening after a military engagement. And if you believe that, I have several bridges to sell you. No, like all other plant matter destined for your belly, put it in your refrigerator with some airflow and moisture. Can you tell I’m writing this post while drinking at Harry’s Bar with some very patient friends?
WHAT IS THE PROPER WAY TO CUT A GARLIC SCAPE?
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