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So That’s A Garlic Scape!

06/22/2012

garlic scape

Garlic Scapes in my Garden


Okay I am going to show my ignorance here, but I honestly did not know what a garlic scape was.
Yesterday I was out back checking on my tiny garden and saw these interesting pointy things on the tops of my garlic that I had planted last fall.
I’ve heard of garlic scapes, but have never seen one. In fact the other day at the organic grocery store, a lady in front of me mentioned them. I didn’t pay much attention, but put 2 and 2 together and looked them up this morning. Sure enough – it’s what I have in my garden!
So now I guess I need to cut them and use them in my cooking.
Can’t tell you too much more, as this is all new to me. But I love garlic in any form and leaving the scapes on the garlic means they will flower and go to seed. That isn’t good for the growing bulb, so I’ll be out cutting them today.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 06/22/2012 12:58 pm

    I did a test this year to see if leaving the scapes ON the plant really did reduce my finished garlic bulb size. It was an overwhelminging YES. The garlic with scapes removed were up to 3 inches in size. The ones with scapes left on were less than 2 inches, most even smaller.

    • 06/23/2012 7:45 am

      Good to know. I have cut mine off so hopefully my garlic will grow nice and big. Thanks!

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