FoodGardeningHorticultural therapy

Time to scape

Scapes are shooting out from the garlic (Allium sativum) teeth that I planted last Fall. Curled, the scapes remind me of the long neck of a great blue heron or a flamingo. The tall, long leafed onion relative is nearly ready to harvest. But first you want to cut the scapes and not let them go to flower so they need to be looked at every day. By planting hard- rather than soft-neck cultivars, I get lots of delicious and succulent scapes that are great to use in pesto, grilled with vegetables and for incredibly flavored garlic bread. And a few weeks after the scapes are cut, the garlic will be ready to be pulled and braided. It’s something I like to share with my granddaughter Charlotte.

Related Articles

Back to top button