What's a Garlic Scape?

Garlic scapes ready for picking

Garlic scapes ready for picking

These beautiful curly scapes are similar to a flower stalk and emerge from the top of the garlic plant in June.  They are ready for picking around the beginning of July.  Removing them forces the plant to put all its energy into expanding the bulb.  The scapes are wonderfully spicey and full of garlicky juice. Some like to eat them raw, but they can also be lightly cooked (they'll have the texture of asparagus) by themselves, or in a mixture of other veggies.  


Garlic Scape Pesto

Our favorite way to eat scapes is to grind them up with olive oil, Parmesan cheese and sunflower nuts to create our delicious garlic scape pesto!  We've come up with many ways to enjoy it:

  • mix into cooked pasta or roasted vegetables
  • spread on fish fillets, then wrap in foil and grill
  • add to cooked steak, chicken or other meat
  • swirl into tomato soup for added flavor
  • use as dip for veggies, chips or pita bread
  • give extra kick to sandwiches and wraps
  • toss with stir-fried meat, veggies or tofu
  • place a dollop on crackers with cream cheese
  • create a unique pizza topping: mix with tomato sauce, use pesto instead of sauce or dress up a frozen pizza with a pesto topper

Where to Buy 

  • Brookings Hy-Vee in the frozen section of the Health Market 
  • The Co-op Natural Foods in Sioux Falls
  • Maynard's in Clear Lake
  • South Dakota Local Food Co-op online
  • In menu items at Cottonwood Bistro in Brookings