What are Garlic Scapes ?
They are the tender stem and flower bud of a hardneck garlic plant. These are cut off to make the garlic bulbs increase in size. The stems are tender and give off a fresh garlic scent. In Korean cuisine, garlic stems are pickled in soy or stir-fried with dried anchovies or shrimp to make delicious side dishes.
Not To Be Confused With
Where and What To Buy
Korean and many Asian markets sell garlic scapes in late spring and early summer.
How to Use/Cook
- Make pickles with soy sauce, vinegar and sugar or just vinegar, salt and sugar. They pair great with Korean BBQ meats
- Saute lightly in oil with dried shrimps
How to Clean/Store
Rinse and cut off the flower buds and the bottom thick ends that are too tough to eat.
Garlic stems are rich in protein, vitamin C, and calcium.