Garlic scapes are beginning to appear on garlic!!
What is a Garlic scape you ask? They are the “flower stalks” of hardneck garlic plants. Leaving them on diverts the plants strength away from forming a plump bulb. If left on, they eventually form small bulbils that can be planted to grow more garlic, but it takes 2–3 years for them to form large bulbs. Garlic scapes are both edible and delicious — they have a milder garlicky flavor.
Garlic scapes work well in soups, salads, stews, salsas, dips, guacamole, omelettes, frittatas, souffles, marinades, pesto, salad dressings, and stir-fry. Scapes are also delightful when cooked into sauces, chopped up and used as a garlicky pizza topping or used to make toasted garlic bread. A simple but wonderful garlic scape spread or dip can be made by chopping some scapes up and mixing them with softened cream cheese (or sour cream) and dill.