This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

garlic scapes

a082 scapes

My garlic is FANTASTIC this year! The scapes are ready for picking now. They are such fantastic shapes. The rule of thumb I think I heard is that scapes should be picked before they curl around once. Well many of mine were double curled before I even realized they were there. Also, I find some varieties curl more than others. Anyway.... I think I'll try a nice scape pesto.

Does anyone have good recipes for me?

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Blogger Kristin said...

I've made scape pesto good! I don't remember exactly the recipe I used but this will work:

If I remember though, I prefer the scapes to be cooked just a bit, enough only to take a bit of the bite out of them. Scapes are my favorite part of early season farmer's markets!

June 10, 2010 11:24 PM

Blogger Q said...

Love those! I can't seem to do garlic too well in my garden - need to work on the drainage issues. Clay soil is hard to deal with.

June 11, 2010 12:22 AM

Anonymous Patrick said...

You can pick them pretty much anytime you want. I think what most people say is you should wait until they first curl, then uncurl. The older they are the tougher they get, but they get bigger as they grow leaving you with more to eat.

They are nice cooked like green beans; cut into pieces and fried or steamed. Scape pesto is nice too.

It's strange, my scapes haven't emerged yet this year. It must be the cold weather we've been having is making them late.

June 11, 2010 4:21 AM

Anonymous Ben said...

Last year i left mine a bit too late and it was like eating twigs. I imagine pesto opr garlic butter would be good if you have left them on the plants a bit too long.

June 11, 2010 5:55 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog for about a year. I love it!!
Keep up the good work. I wish my garden looked as good as yours!

June 11, 2010 4:36 PM

Blogger Dan said...

Never tried the scapes before, I should! All the garlic seemed to flower really early this year.

June 11, 2010 10:08 PM

Blogger Fred said...

I just posted a garlic scape pesto recipe/entry!
Have a look if you are so inclined:

June 11, 2010 11:58 PM

Anonymous Growing vegetables said...

My garden is still waiting for the scapes, like Patrick's one. Thank you Fred and Patrick for your recipes.

@Fred: Visited your blog and I'm going to try this, nice post.

June 12, 2010 11:21 AM

Blogger MAYBELLINE said...

Stir fry

June 12, 2010 4:25 PM

Blogger Leslie said...

Each variety of garlic has its own curling signature. That double curl is a rocambole. The porcelains look like shy swans. The one in the pic is ripe for the picking. They keep really well in the fridge ... early August ... so I take them out whenever I am grilling and throw them on the grill tossed in EVO S&P. You lose a few through the cracks but they infuse whatever you are cooking with a garlic aroma ... and they look great on the serving platter.

June 13, 2010 7:23 AM

Anonymous sarah said...

i was served garlic scape kim-chee this weekend. it would be a project.. but it was delicious!

June 14, 2010 12:56 PM

Blogger meemsnyc said...

I saw this interesting recipe.

June 15, 2010 8:09 PM

Anonymous Vegetable garden said...

I am so pleased to have a peek of your wonderful garden. Your plants are looking good and healthy especially your garlic. Do keep it up always.

June 16, 2010 12:32 AM

Blogger michael said...

We made a garlic scape pesto last week that was fantastic. I highly recommend it.

BTW - fantabulous blog!

June 16, 2010 2:32 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

just had some tonight - tossed in olive oil and balsamic and stuck on the grill for 5-10 mins.. delicious


June 16, 2010 11:06 PM

Blogger Karen said...

I have enough left over to try a pesto, but till now, we've been throwing a handfull in a pan to saute and then putting them on our Friday Night Pizza. MMMMM.

June 17, 2010 5:14 PM

Blogger kathy said...

We tried them on the grill the other night and they were very tasty.

June 17, 2010 8:48 PM

Anonymous Getty said...

Thanks Kathy! I didn't know about scapes. Where have I been? All these ideas sound great, definitely going to check my garlic!

June 18, 2010 12:40 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really enjoy all your posts on garden happenings. Here are a few garlic scape recipes that I blogged about earlier this week.

Hope it helps. Happy cooking.

June 23, 2010 6:14 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Great! Thanks for all the recipes. We have only grilled them so far, but I must have 50 scapes still in the fridge.

June 23, 2010 10:24 PM


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