Garlic scapes are the long, curly and tender stem and flower bud of hardneck garlic.
Scapes have a mild and sweet flavour, similar to chives, but with a light garlic flavour.
Garlic Scapes are a versatile early summer ingredient. A scape can be sauteed in butter, made into a pesto, pickled, roasted or used as a garnish.
While the entire scape is edible, the stem below the bud is best used while the bud and above can sometimes be tough and stringy.
To store garlic scapes, keep in a plastic bag in the fridge for 2 to 3 weeks or clean and freeze raw.
In season pairing: Sautee chopped garlic scapes in butter and serve with new potatoes.