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Garlic Scape Recipes: What They Are And How To Cook Them (PHOTOS)

Welcome to the third installment of "WTF, CSA?" Each week this CSA season, we'll help you make use of your overflowing CSA baskets. You ask, we answer. That's how this works. Or rather, you shouted, "WTF?" into your CSA box and now we're going to tell what on earth to do with all those garlic scapes.

garlic scapes

Admittedly, the first time we ever saw a garlic scape, we definitely thought, "WTF is that?" These twisty, curly, bright green stems are also sometimes called garlic shoots, stems or spears. The garlic that we all know and love has separate cloves and papery skin. That stuff starts out as green garlic (or spring garlic), before it matures. The bulb and roots grow underground while a stem, leaves and scapes soak up sunshine up above.

Obviously, garlic is amazing for lots of reasons, but here's our favorite one: the whole plant is edible. This includes the scapes, which are treats that come along each early summer in markets and CSAs. Garlic scapes taste (duh) like garlic, but a bright, fresh, verdant version of it. You can use them anywhere you'd use regular garlic.

"So," a friend recently asked me, "is there any real reason I should buy garlic scapes instead of garlic?" Cooking with garlic scapes is like getting to have scallions that taste like garlic -- so yes, go get some while they're around!

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  • Garlic Scape Vinegar

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://pitchforkdiaries.com/2011/07/13/garlic-scape-vinegar/" target="_hplink">Garlic Scape Vinegar recipe from Pitchfork Diaries</a></strong>

  • Garlic Scape Beef Satay With Garlic Scape Satay Dip

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/17117-garlic-scape-beef-satay-with-garlic-scape-satay-dip" target="_blank">Garlic Scape Beef Satay with Garlic Scape Satay Dip recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Garlic Scape Green Gazpacho

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.veggieobsession.com/2011/06/green-gazpacho.html" target="_blank">Garlic Scape Green Gazpacho recipe from Veggie Obsession</a></strong>

  • Pickled Garlic Scapes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://notwithoutsalt.com/2009/06/18/garlic-scapes/" target="_hplink">Pickled Garlic Scapes recipe from Not Without Salt</a></strong>

  • Bacon-Wrapped Garlic Scapes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://coldgarden.com/Cold_Garden_Warm_Kitchen/Bacon-Wrapped_Garlic_Scapes.html" target="_hplink">Bacon-Wrapped Garlic Scapes recipe from Cold Garden Warm Kitchen</a></strong>

  • Okonomiyaki With Garlic Scapes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://fiveandspice.com/2011/06/30/okonomiyaki-with-garlic-scapes/" target="_blank">Okonomiyaki with Garlic Scapes recipe from Five and Spice</a></strong>

  • Garlic Scape Pesto

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://thecoeurdalenecoop.com/2012/06/garlic-scapes-pesto/" target="_hplink">Garlic Scape Pesto recipe from The Coeur d'Alene Coop</a><a href="http://thecoeurdalenecoop.com/2012/06/garlic-scapes-pesto/" target="_hplink">Garlic Scape Pesto recipe from The Coeur d'Alene Coop</a></strong>

  • White Bean And Garlic Scape Dip

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.mountainmamacooks.com/2011/09/white-bean-and-garlic-scape-dip/" target="_hplink">White Bean and Garlic Scape Dip recipe from Mountain Mama Cooks</a></strong>

  • Garlic Scape And Zucchini Pizza

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.athoughtforfood.net/2011/07/recipe-garlic-scape-and-zucchini-pizza/" target="_hplink">Garlic Scape and Zucchini Pizza Recipe from A Thought For Food</a></strong>

  • Frittata With Scapes And Goat Cheese

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://rouxbe.com/recipes/2536-frittata-with-scapes-and-goat-cheese" target="_hplink">Frittata with Scapes and Goat Cheese from Rouxbe Cooking School</a></strong>

  • Spinach, Pea And Garlic Scape Soup

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://dinnerwithjulie.com/2011/07/10/spinach-pea-garlic-scape-soup/" target="_hplink">Spinach, Pea and Garlic Scape Soup recipe from Dinner With Julie</a></strong>

  • Stir Fried Forbidden Black Rice With Tempeh, Garlic Scapes, Crimini

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/18662-stir-fried-forbidden-black-rice-with-tempeh-garlic-scapes-crimini" target="_blank">Stir Fried Forbidden Black Rice with Tempeh, Garlic Scapes, Crimini recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Brick Chicken With Garlic Scapes And Lemon

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/5074-brick-chicken-with-garlic-scapes-and-lemon" target="_blank">Brick Chicken with Garlic Scapes and Lemon recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Pasta With Garlic Scapes, Fresh Mozzarella And Basil

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.thewrightrecipes.com/dinnersolutions/dinner-20-in-20-minutes-or-less-10" target="_hplink">Pasta with Garlic Scapes, Fresh Mozzarella and Basil recipe from The Wright Recipes</a></strong>

  • Market Stuffed Squash Blossoms

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2010/07/to-market-to-market.html" target="_blank">Market Stuffed Squash Blossoms recipe from A Spicy Perspective</a></strong>

  • Vegetarian Stir-Fried Garlic Scapes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://redcook.net/2010/06/16/garlic-scape-an-off-menu-treat/" target="_hplink">Vegetarian Stir-Fried Garlic Scapes recipe from Red Cook</a></strong>

  • Garlic Scape And Gruyere Biscuits

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://pink-apron.com/2010/06/garlic-scape-and-gruyere-biscuits/" target="_hplink">Garlic Scape and Gruyere Biscuits recipe from The Pink Apron</a></strong>

  • Last Of The Season "Grilled" Spot Prawns With Garlic Scape, Cilantro And Lime Aioli

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/12992-last-of-the-season-grilled-spot-prawns-with-garlic-scape-cilantro-and-lime-aioli" target="_blank">Last of the Season "Grilled" Spot Prawns With Garlic Scape, Cilantro and Lime Aioli recipe from Food52</a></strong>

  • Garlic Scape Hummus

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/cookwithb"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/twitter_profile_img/3529539.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/cookwithb">cookwithb</a>:<br />Garlic Scape Hummus

  • Garlic Scape Hummus

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ChefDanielle"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/twitter_profile_img/4994298.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ChefDanielle">ChefDanielle</a>:<br />Garlic scape's intensely garlic flavor is perfect for this quick and simple dip.

  • Lacto-Fermented Pickles With Garlic Scapes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/5038-lacto-fermented-pickles-with-garlic-scapes" target="_blank">Lacto-Fermented Pickles with Garlic Scapes recipe from Food52</a></strong>

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