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Old June 26, 2016   #31
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I compost mine.
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Old June 26, 2016   #32
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I had then stir fried and with an egg omelet this year. Just wish I had more.
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Old June 26, 2016   #33
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I allow my scapes to remain on the plant. As a plant breeder, the scape, and associated seeds, are the most important part of the garlic that I grow....

At market, people ask me "what do you do with garlic scapes?" There is only one answer that's always just begging to be said, "I sell them at the farmer's market!!!". However in response to "How are they used?" I usually reply, "Use them just like you would use garlic: add them to a soup, stir-fry, roast, omelet, or casserole. Or blend them up with some olive oil and vinegar to make a pesto.".

I used some last night in a pesto, and added some to a spinach stir-fry.
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Old June 27, 2016   #34
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How much of the scape is used ? from the bud to the end or cut lower and use it all ? I cut some yesterday about a foot below the bulb and it seemed somewhat hard almost stick like, dont think that part would cool up very well.
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Old June 27, 2016   #35
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If you let the scapes get too long they will get woody. You should snap them when they are about 12-18" and are still tender and fully edible. If you harvested yours late then just eat the tender portions.

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Old June 27, 2016   #36
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Yes, like asparagus, they will snap where the tough woody part meets the tender edible part. It's easier if you harvest them by snapping rather than cutting as then the woody part stays behind on the plant.
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Do scapes need to be blanched before freezing or do you just wash, dry and cut them?
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Old July 14, 2016   #38
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Do scapes need to be blanched before freezing or do you just wash, dry and cut them?
I think everything needs to be blanched before freezing it helps preserve freshness by killing it and other stuff on it.

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Old July 14, 2016   #39
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Well, I just bag and freeze some and they seem to be just fine!
((Probably not officially sanctioned, however!))

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