Just a few years ago, garlic scapes weren’t very easy to get your hands on unless you got them from your own garden. Farmers would discard the stalks from garlic. As they’ve grown in popularity, farmers realized they should be selling them, not trashing them, and now they’re plentiful at farmers markets and show up in CSA boxes this time of year.

If you see them at your farmers market on your next trip, grab a bunch and try them in one of these recipes.

  1. Cannellini Bean Dip with Garlic Scapes – A can of beans, some Parmesan cheese, garlic scapes and a few other ingredients come together to make a dip that can be used for veggies or spread on crackers and topped with grape tomatoes. 
  2. Grilled Garlic Scape and Kale Pizza -  Pizza on cooked on the grill is topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, garlic scapes and kale.
  3. Garlic Scape Carbonara – Traditional carbonara, a pasta dish with egg and bacon, gets garlicky with the addition of garlic scapes.
  4. New Potatoes with Garlic Scapes – A crispy, garlicky potato side dish recipe. Yum.
  5. Barley Salad with Radishes and Garlic Scapes – The veggies are sautéed and added to cook barley, drizzled with olive oil and topped with cheese in this warm salad.
What is your favorite way to use garlic scapes?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

5 recipes for garlic scapes
Garlic scapes are plentiful at the farmers market this time of year. These stalks from a garlic plant are flavorful and have several culinary uses.