Garlic Scapes – Use This Simple Trick For Bigger Garlic

Garlic With Scapes Still Attached

Garlic With Scapes Still Attached

A garlic scape is the immature flower of a garlic plant.
All varieties of garlic will produce a scape, but only the hard neck Rocambole type of garlic will produce a scape that curls. The curl of the stem is the reason Rocambole garlic is sometimes called “Serpent Garlic“.

Yesterday I cut the scapes off of my garlic.

Fresh Cut Garlic Scapes

Fresh Cut Garlic Scapes

By cutting the scapes, the garlic plant’s energy will go to the bulb and not to the flowers and will enable it to produce the biggest possible bulb.

Garlic Plants With Scapes Cut Off

Garlic Plants With Scapes Cut Off

So far it looks like the garlic will be ready to harvest by the middle to end of July.


Katherine Grossman

Katherine Grossman was born and raised in the greater Washington, D.C area. But for the last 30 years Mrs. Grossman has lived a life of deliberate self-reliance in rural western Pennsylvania. She loves to garden, knit mittens; makes a killer meatloaf and has been known to deliver triplet lambs with her eyes closed. 


  5 comments for “Garlic Scapes – Use This Simple Trick For Bigger Garlic

  1. Shannon
    June 30, 2013 at 7:00 am

    What do you do with the scapes?

    • KMG
      June 30, 2013 at 7:29 am

      Usually nothing :-) Some people love to eat them and scapes are often a popular item at local Farmer’s Markets.

  2. Angie unduplicated
    June 30, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Use scapes in garlic vinegar for salads (this makes a beautiful salad vinegar with a few garlic flowers), cut fine into scrambled eggs or omelets, use in fried rice or stir-fries, or caramelize and top hamburgers with them. Substitute for ramps in any dish, or for scallion greens in many.

  3. Carrie W
    May 28, 2015 at 9:10 am

    I am shocked that you don’t eat them (the long green stem, not the flower)! It seems wasteful. I wait excitedly all spring for garlic scapes so that I can make the most delicious pesto ever. They are so useful! Why not try a few new recipes?

    • Katherine Grossman
      May 28, 2015 at 10:03 am

      I don’t like pesto :-) and only use the scrapes with salads and homemade soft cheeses. Fact is there’s only so much 2 people can eat & I grow enough garlic for my entire township 😉

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