Growing garlic is like being pregnant. You put it in the ground 9 months before you harvest the bulbs. We always jokingly call our garlic my first baby because I started 5 years ago with just 5 lbs and we have grown that to 100 lbs. Woohoo!! We eat more garlic than anyone we know and love every bite of it! The scapes that the garlic produces in the spring are a huge treat to us. The time to harvest scapes is approaching us fast and I wanted to be sure to get this out to everyone so you can be prepared and know what to do with all those scapes.
We eat them every way you can imagine, and then some! We fry them in anything that could have garlic, we make pesto, we pickle them, we freeze them to have in winter, we add them to soup stock and soup, and we make GARLIC SCAPE POWDER! It is amazing! Garlic powder doesn’t stand a chance. If you like garlic and have your own scapes or can get some at a farmers market you need to make this!
First, you need to harvest or buy your scapes. We cut ours once they have a completed loop. Not just because they’re the prettiest this way, but they will continue to grow if you cut them before they curl. Yes, I really load mine up on my arm while I’m cutting. Wash and cut into approximately about 1/2 – 3/4 inch long . Place them in a single layer into your dehydrator and turn it to 125* I fill our 9-tray Excalibur and it takes 1 day to dry out. I bet if you don’t have a dehydrator you could use the oven on the lowest setting. I don’t know the details of this but I’m sure it could be done.
Once you have them dry them its time to powder them. I use our magic bullet with the flat blade. You could use whatever you have coffee grinder, food processor, or mortar and pestle. Then put into a container and label.
Have you made garlic scape powder?
Have you tried garlic scape powder?
Are you going to this year?
Enjoy the Harvest!