For the first time I’m growing garlic in my raised-bed garden. We planted the garlic last fall and if all goes well we’ll harvest bulbs of garlic in July. Growing garlic is a lesson in patience because the gestation from planting to harvest is about 9 months. In the spring, the garlic sends up a thin curvy shoot that if left to its own devices would bloom and suck energy from the developing garlic bulb. (The scapes from my garden are on the left end of the platter.) In an effort to grow big bulbs of garlic, the scapes are pinched off and either discarded, composted, or used in cooking. I’ve seen garlic scapes sold at farmers’ markets for up to $1.00 per scape. I’m working on a recipe using the garlic scapes and I’ll post it as soon as I’m pleased with the outcome.
Didn’t know that.
I had heard of scapes but until I grew garlic myself I didn’t fully understand how they fit into the growing-garlic picture. Funny how a garden does this: connects one with the food AND the understanding of how the food grows and gets to the plate. Thanks for the comment~