Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Garlic Scape Harvest

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.


  1. Thanks for the clarification, I'm going to try that next year.

  2. That last picture looks delicious!

  3. I was a bit skeptical about garlic scapes since we've never eaten them before but Marc and I really enjoyed them simply grilled. I will have to give stirfrying them a try as we still have a few left. They seem to keep for a while in the refrigerator.

  4. 呵呵呵 ,好好粗哩. 那郭老一點的不妨用來紅燒肉, 哇! 想到就流口水了.

    今午我也炒了一盤辣辣D有豆干也有香菇, 只是你用蒜苔, 我用你不愛的....芹菜.

  5. Thanks for the clarification. You had made the idea clear between your previous two posts on scapes, but the images make it a lot more obvious. And that stir fry makes me hungry.

  6. Hello, I was looking fo track down where the Picture of the Garlic Scapes in the basket came from. My name Is TJ and I am the Assistant photo editor of Toronto Life Magazine. We would love to use that shot in a feature we are doing. Any help is much appreciated!

    Could you email me at