When using garlic scapes, do you cut from the pointed end or the opposite end? they seem much milder than garlic cloves - what is the recommended sub

  • Posted by: TriciaD
  • July 16, 2014


Dina M. July 16, 2014
While they are entirely edible, I cut off the bulby end and use the stalk portion up until it feels too firm(so i discard a few inches from both ends) if I'm using them in a sautee--like I did last night with a bunch of zucchini. However, if I'm making a pesto, which is a great way to use your scapes, I just discard the bulb and use the rest. I like to mix the garlic scapes with some basil or mint or whatever is on hand for a pesto.
Lindsay-Jean H. July 16, 2014
The top portion of garlic scapes are generally discarded, from the tip to the part that bulbs out (the part that would have turned into a flower). As Susan W mentions, the entire thing is edible, but sometimes that top portion can be a bit tougher.

Keep them whole if you'll be braising or grilling them, or try my local garlic farmer's recommendation, and put entire scapes under a whole chicken or on top of a large piece of fish when baking. You can read more about them here: https://food52.com/blog/3975-down-dirty-garlic-scapes
Susan W. July 16, 2014
Send me all of your top portions. I must be a weirdo, but I love them. I'm one of those people who love eating the crunchy shrimp tails too. :0)
Susan W. July 16, 2014
I also don't know what you mean by a sub. A sub for garlic or for the scapes?
Susan W. July 16, 2014
What do you mean what end to cut from? The scapes are entirely edible and wonderful. They are milder than garlic. Some say they are reminiscent of asparagus, but my taste buds don't get that.
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