Harvesting: Early June
Scapes are the imature stalks that grow from the garlic bulb. Also known as garlic shoots or spears.
The garlic plant goes through many iterations. It is planted at the end of the season before winter, hibernates and then begins sprouting in the spring. It is not ready to be harvested until the summer and must then be cured for long term storage. But, in between this period the scapes and young (or spring) garlic are harvested and prepared. Garlic scapes are harvested early in the season so that the garlic bulbs will grow bigger.
Scapes are bright, fresh and can have a milder taste than the cloves.
Thin and loopy, garlic scapes resemble a leafless spear. Mature scapes have 1 or 2 loops and are firm with about 1/4 inch diameter.
Pick a bunch up at Foragers Market in Brooklyn.