People, do not miss the great scape opportunity!
These are the best, most useful things ever! These weird-looking curly thingies are the flowering stem of garlic. In garlic production, they are removed so that the garlic will focus its energy into growing the bulb. Up until recently, farmers around our region would simply toss them away. Now that more Americans are willing to try foods that the rest of the world has been eating for centuries, farmers can sell another perfectly good (great!) food.
Why are they the best things ever? You can use them just like you would garlic without having to mess with the peeling part. You can use them like chives and scallions. Eat them raw, or you can stir-fry, puree, grill, pickle, wear them to ward of vampires and so on! They last a long time in the refrigerator and can be frozen which, BTW, is brilliant because then you can pop-in and grab a stalk as needed.
Here are our recommendations for the two best things to do with garlic scapes:
Garlic Scape Paste
Puree a bunch of scapes and about 1/4 cup of olive oil.
Garlic Scape Pesto
1/4 cup nuts
1/3 cup olive oil
4 oz garlic scapes
Puree your ingredients in a blender or food processor. You can add kale, basil, parsley or any other herb or green.