The flower stalks of garlic bulbs are called scapes. They look like chives on steroids. Scapes are sometimes called garlic flowers (although they have no actual flowers) or garlic whips (because they are curly). Do not confuse them with green garlic. Scapes are milder than green garlic and far milder than garlic cloves. Enjoy scapes cooked, raw (in salads) or pickled. Unlike those familiar mature garlic cloves, green garlic and scapes should be refrigerated; neither keeps for more than a week. Try a recipe: Vichyssoise #3 (Scape). Playing with garlic flavours, pg. 258 in 12,167 Kitchen and Cooking Secrets.
12,167 Kitchen and Cooking Secrets
In thousands of entries on every aspect of cooking and baking, Susan Sampson provides expert information that is indispensable in any kitchen, including: keeping produce safe from spoilage, protecting equipment from nasty bacteria, shortcuts, embellishments, restaurant tricks, presentation tips, party planning and recipe development.
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Susan Sampson (a.k.a. The Fare Lady) is an award-winning food writer and recipe developer who lives in Toronto.