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Recipes That Make The Most Of Garlic Scapes

These twisty, curly, bright green stems are one of our favorite things about spring.
06/29/2012 02:33pm ET | Updated April 13, 2015

If you find yourself staring at a garlic scape thinking, "WTF is that?" don't worry. You're not alone. They might be something of a mystery to many, but garlic scapes are worth getting to know. They're twisty, curly, bright green stems that shoot up from garlic bulbs. They are also sometimes called garlic shoots, stems, spears, or, our favorite, serpent garlic.

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 early each summer in markets and CSAs. Using the whole plant isn't only trendy, it's responsible and will open your horizons. Garlic scapes, you win this one.

Scapes taste (duh) like garlic, but a bright, fresh, verdant version of it. You can use them anywhere you'd use regular garlic. So is there any real reason you 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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Orzo Cooked Risotto-style With Shiitake Mushrooms And Garlic Scapes
Seasons And Suppers
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Garlic Scape Vinegar
Catie Baumer Schwalb / PitchforkDiaries.com
Get the Garlic Scape Vinegar recipe from Pitchfork Diaries
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Cilantro Black Rice With Roasted Garlic Scapes And Asparagus
Dolly And Oatmeal
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Garlic Scape Beef Satay With Garlic Scape Satay Dip
James Ransom/Food52
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Kale, Basil, Garlic Scape, Pistachio Pesto
Jeanette's Healthy Living
Get the Kale, Basil, Garlic Scape, Pistachio Pesto recipe from Jeanette's Healthy Living
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Garlic Scape Green Gazpacho
Sergio Salvador/Veggie Obsession
Get the Garlic Scape Green Gazpacho recipe from Veggie Obsession
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Asparagus With Young Garlic And Horseradish
Food52
Get the Asparagus With Young Garlic And Horseradish recipe by Amanda Hesser from Food52
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Bacon-Wrapped Garlic Scapes
Hillary Nelson
Get the Bacon-Wrapped Garlic Scapes recipe from Cold Garden Warm Kitchen
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Basic, Bang Up Blue Cheese Dressing
Food52
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Okonomiyaki With Garlic Scapes
Five and Spice
Get the Okonomiyaki With Garlic Scapes recipe from Five and Spice
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Spring Spring Rolls
Naturally Ella
Get the Spring Spring Rolls recipe from Naturally Ella
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Garlic Scape And Zucchini Pizza
Brian Samuels
Get the Garlic Scape And Zucchini Pizza recipe from A Thought For Food
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Grilled Naan With Garlic Scape Chutney
Feasting At Home
Get the Grilled Naan With Garlic Scape Chutney recipe from Feasting At Home
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Pickled Garlic Scapes
Ashley Rodriguez
Get the Pickled Garlic Scapes recipe from Not Without Salt
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Spinach, Pea And Garlic Scape Soup
Dinner With Julie
Get the Spinach, Pea And Garlic Scape Soup recipe from Dinner With Julie
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Brick Chicken With Garlic Scapes And Lemon
thirschfeld/Food52
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Vegetarian Stir-Fried Garlic Scapes
Red Cook
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Tempura Garlic Scapes With Garlic Scape Aioli
Food52
Get the Tempura Garlic Scapes With Garlic Scape Aioli recipe by Alexandra Stafford from Food52
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Garlic Scape And Gruyere Biscuits
The Pink Apron
Get the Garlic Scape and Gruyere Biscuits recipe from The Pink Apron
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Lacto-Fermented Pickles With Garlic Scapes
WinnieAb/Food52

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