Originally Posted by Claire
I've never heard of garlic scapes! I assume from what I'm reading it is the green part? If so, I've just used them the way I'd use a chive or green onion.
The scapes are part of the garlic plant that grows late in the life of the plant. It is a round stalk, that if left to develop, would hold up the flower. Garlic raisers remove the stalk soon after it appears, as Blissful says, in June in the midwest. It is a fleeting vegetable. I have been raising garlic for 15-20 years and had never heard of scapes as being edible, until a few years ago. Scapes were always a signal that the garlic harvest was near, and needed to be removed from each plant.
It seems that the scapes replace the fresh garlic and the green matter in the pesto recipe above.