I need to clarify how I harvest garlic scapes, in May 31, 2010 Harvest Monday post I may have given the wrong impression that all of the scape's lower stem is tender. It is tender if it is harvested early and you can snap off the stem, otherwise it is not worth the effort to harvest the lower stem; another words if you can easily break the scape anywhere along the stem, it is tender enough to eat. Let me see if I can convey what I'm trying to say in pictures:
These lower stems are tender, they were snapped off with fingers.
These scapes were harvested early and before the lower stems
become fibrous and woody, they are tender and mild.
Woody stems cannot be broken off with fingers,
they are too fibrous for eating.
These garlic scapes were not harvested in time, the lower stems
have turned woody and not edible.
They look like this after the tough lower stems were cut.
Stir fry garlic scapes with peppers, onion, bamboo shoots,
and braised shitake mushrooms.