Educational Garlic Post

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Remember this thing I posted (mixed in with loads of flowers, I know, it got ignored).


Well! It turns out this a called a garlic scape. They are only found on hard-neck garlic. 

I never buy garlic to plant: I shove whatever I bought in the shop into the ground when it gets all growy-green, dried up and inedible, therefor I have never had a clue what type of garlic I was growing. Turns out that over the years I’ve been doing this (except for this beastie), we have only purchased the soft-neck variety for cooking.

It turns out you can eat the scape, too! Google ‘eating garlic scapes.’ How cool is that? 

I won’t eat this one as it would be a paltry meal. I’ll take the other path that says when the scape is less like a snake and more like a stake and standing upright, it is time to harvest. I might split the bulb and make more for next year as I love garlic and some of the recipes out there sound delicious. 

Thank you to Quickcrop.ie for the education in garlic scapes. 

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18 responses »

  1. I began growing my own late last year. I think I planted t too late – ie spring summer and dd not realise a decent crop.
    I will be replanting in a month – winter down here – and after around six months I hope we’ll have some nifty garlic.
    When autumn/winter arrives look for garlic in the market with little shoots; buy it and plant it out.
    You never know what might turn up!

    Oh, btw. Those gazanias I planted the other week …. three tiny ‘heads’ appeared today! I’ll post pics soon.
    How cool is that?

    • I’m very jealous! Still haven’t seen my gazania in full, open bloom since that first day. It’s warmish, but not sunny.

      I usually avoid the garlic in sprout, as it goes crazy in the house. I did dry and braid my crop last year, but even some of that has grown shoots! It was a right pain in the arse, too. At this point, I should chop n freeze it. This year’s batch is coming soon. Sigh.

      I think himself bought Chinese elephant garlic by mistake once, and that is the source of my hard-neck. He was apologetic as we always try to buy local.

  2. It’s elegant, isn’t it? For such powerful-flavoured items, the who allium family is elegant and beautiful. You’d expect onion flowers to produce something a bit more delicate, to look at them

  3. I hadn’t had garden grown garlic till recently when my loquacious garden guy started getting a good crop and hanging the surplus to dry for me out back. Amazing flavor. But so far I have not seen a scape.

    I have a garlic cookbook somewhere that actually includes a dessert mousse. Who’s brave enough to try that?

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