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Garlic scapes useful, too

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By Jeneen Wiche

Have you ever considered the scape? The scape is the flower stalk of members of the allium family and for culinary purposes this includes onions, leeks, chives and garlic. 

I had never considered using the scape of these plants until a visiting gardener recommended that I put my garlic plants on double duty.  She suggested a pesto recipe using the garlic scape instead of a leafy herb.

Typically we remove the scape so all the bulb’s energy is spent on bulb development and not bloom; so using the scape in the process makes particular sense. 

The best time to harvest your scapes is just as the flower heads begin to form.