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Old 07-01-2016, 07:54 PM   #1
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Garlic Scapes

It's the end of the 2 week season of garlic scapes for our region. They grow for 2 weeks in June, we snip them off.

I gave them a good washing to remove any garden dust, then snipped them with a kitchen scissors into 1 inch to 1 and 1/2 inch pieces. Sauteed them in olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, then they needed some water to steam them for about 10 minutes, finished them with a little butter.

They were delicious, a gentle bit of garlic flavor, texture like asparagus. Note: clip off the green that comes out of the flower part, it has the texture of fibrous grass. The stem and flower parts are very good. This would be excellent, with shrimp or scallops.

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Good to know. I have given up trying to cook them because I thought the whole scape was fibrous. I cut mine before the stage pictured here. Maybe that's the problem. I cut them when the scapes first appear with not much flower formation yet. Too late this year, they went on the compost pile weeks ago.
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Old 07-01-2016, 08:21 PM   #3
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Bethzaring, Let's say the stem is 10 inches and the flower part is 3-5 inches, the beginnings of the stem can be fibrous and the tip of the flower can be fibrous. The tender portion seems to be the 6 inches of stem before the flower, and the flower part. I imagine it is like asparagus, the taller it gets, the more fibrous the stem towards the bottom.
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Old 07-01-2016, 08:29 PM   #4
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Good to know but too late to help me this year. I nipped off all the flowers weeks ago to send the nutrients the bulbs. I wish I'd known to cook them but I didn't.
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Old 07-01-2016, 08:34 PM   #5
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Dumb question, but will cutting the scales affect the size of the garlic bulb ? or no because its just about ready to pick anyway ??
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Old 07-01-2016, 08:47 PM   #6
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Larry, I've never read any definitive studies linking cutting the scapes to an increased size of the bulb. Most people do cut the scapes and cite that the garlic will put its energy into making a bigger bulb. I haven't run across literature of studies of it. I grow between 1200 and 2000 bulbs a year and I couldn't tell you one way or the other.
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well, thats about 40X what i grow each year, so Ill take your word for it
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Old 07-01-2016, 09:05 PM   #8
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Cutting the scape (flower stalk), as distinct from the leaves, does increase the size of the bulb. If the scape is allowed to grow, the plant will put its energy into developing seeds instead of the bulb. The leaves are still needed for bulb growth because they conduct photosynthesis.

From http://extension.psu.edu/business/ag...lic-production

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Retail customers pay premium prices for large garlic bulbs. To meet this demand a grower must remove the scape (flower stalk) as soon as it is visible. If the scape is allowed to develop it will compete with the bulb for nutrients, resulting in a reduction in bulb size and quality.
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University/college extension services are excellent sources of information. Thanks GotGarlic.
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Old 07-01-2016, 09:28 PM   #10
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If you want BIG grow elephant garlic. It's somewhat mild but it's BIG!
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