Know Your Garlic Scapes

Garlic scapes are "the thin flowering heads sent up by hard neck garlic varieties," meadandale says. When cooked, they have a mild garlic flavor.

Garlic scapes are occasionally available at farmers' markets, but kengk grows them at home simply by planting garlic bulbs from the market; begin harvesting when they're about six inches tall. Use scapes in place of green onions, kengk says, though the taste is a bit stronger. "Great for stir fries or steeping in milk for a garlic custard," Novelli adds.

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Photograph of garlic scapes by steelykal