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Garlic Scapes

What do you guys do with them? Never even knew what they were until today.

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eat! stirfry, salad, casseroles, you name it.

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We followed a modified pesto recipe with our scapes. Came out yummy!
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scape pesto

or

chop them into 1/4 inch pieces, freeze. then use them in soups and stir fries all winter long.
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We treat them as a substitute for green beans...steamed, or even better-- sauteed with butter and olive oil...sprinkle on some ground toasted almonds if you want to go gromet.

Having them right now.

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I thought the scape was just the flower portion but you all sound like you are also talking about the stem that holds the flower, correct?

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SOB - yes.

TZ - that sounds delicious
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When do i cut these? When I pull the garlic which won't be for a while here in maine?

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Snap them off when they are still curled. Some will make one circle, while other varieties may curl more (?). They get tough-woody when they are old enough to start straightening up.

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does anyone else leave a few scapes to get the little tiny garlic cloves for planting?
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I leave several for planting in the fall
What time of year do you harvest the seeds and then replant

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Nope, I only plant the largest cloves.

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I collected an open bowl of bulbils at the end of the season after the plants had died the whole way. I never got around to planting them and they sat out in the back room until this spring, and unlike the cloves themselves the little bulbils had not dehydrated at all. I raked them into a bed and they are growing just fine. Unfortunately they are smaller than the other weeds (like little blades of grass), so its difficult to pull weeds without pulling garlic. I'll probably give up and just dig everything up later and take out the little bulbs. Planting in some sort of container would probably be smart.

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Got some chopped up and cooking on a homemade pizza as we speak!

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tz they take about 2-3 years to become full size. i plant them in pots the first year.
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Another year's supply of scape pesto is now stashed away in the freezer! Last year we tried using them some of the other ways, but we liked the pesto the best, so that's all I did with them this year.

As for the bulbils, I believe it takes a couple of growing seasons for them to produce a full head of garlic.

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I put the seed heads ?bulbils? in the ground last fall, they came up(yes like thin grass blades).
They grew well this spring and they had heads curling under.
I wanted that area to plant something else, so I dug them up and they had nice small bulbs(thumb sized bulbs with several cloves) and good taste. The ones I pulled a month ago had no taste(no seed heads).
Still I think I pulled them too early, because the seed heads are a little immature.

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