What Are Garlic Scapes?
Garlic Scapes are the “flower stalks” of hardneck garlic plants, although they do not produce flowers. These stalks start to appear a month or so after the first leaves. They eventually form small bulbils that can be planted to grow more garlic, but it takes 2–3 years for them to form large bulbs. Garlic Scapes are considered to be an A+ vegetable because of their high nutritional profile. Garlic Scapes are part of a trending “root to leaf” vegetable that is both nutritious and delicious!
Here at Anna’s, we get all of our Garlic Scapes from our good friends at The Garlic Box. We recently took a trip to Hensall, Ontario to visit The Garlic Box Headquarters where Jackie was kind enough to show us around and teach us all about Garlic Scapes! Click here to watch!
8 Reasons Why You Should Eat Garlic Scapes, Now!
- They contain chlorophyll which helps fight cancer
- Chlorophyll also helps to cleanse the body helping it function better
- They Improve the liver’s ability to clean itself and protect against stress
- They put oxygen back into the blood keeping tissue healthy and reducing inflammation
- They are high in fibre, vitamin C and provitamin A
- They contain compounds that protect the body from osteoarthritis
- They are high in antioxidants
- They contain vitamin K, vitamin C, calcium, B6, manganese and selenium
Handling & Storing Garlic Scapes:
Garlic Scapes store very well and can be kept wrapped in a towel in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Trim tough ends if they are woody. Add your whole or cut Garlic Scapes into boiling water and enjoy like green beans. Blanch Garlic Scapes quickly before using them in a frying pan, on your pizza, or in an egg frittata – YUM! Garlic Scapes can be used as a vegetable and will bake, roast, fry and/or boil as well! Click here to see more delicious ways you can enjoy Garlic Scapes! Don’t wait too long however as Scape season is fairly short and these delicious little guys are limited!
Source: The Garlic Box