My latest garden adventure involves garlic scape hummus. I planted a few hardneck garlic varieties last fall not realizing that they would sprout these lovely curly scapes in June/July! I set out to explore all the garlic scape recipes I could gather!
Why trim the garlic scape off the garlic plant?
By harvesting the scape, the energy the plant dedicates to flower production is diverted back into garlic bulb production. This results in bigger garlic bulbs at harvest.
Garlic is one of the easiest crops to grow. Just plant individual cloves in the fall. They enjoy the long, cold winter. Then, just as you start to feel the cool winter air lifting, you’ll walk out to your garden and see that garlic is one of your first signs of spring’s arrival!
Trim off the scape close to the leaves before the it flowers – saving the softest part of the scape to chop and enjoy in garlic scape recipes!
Garlic Scape Hummus Recipe
It doesn’t take a lot to give this hummus quite the garlicky bite!
Garlic Scape Recipes
What can you make with garlic scapes?
- Garlic scapes can be used just like garlic cloves, so sauté them into any dish that you’d add garlic.
- Pesto – add a handful of chopped scapes instead of a garlic clove.
- Soups – add these to your soup base and you’ll get great garlic flavor.
- Grilled Garlic Scapes with Sea Salt
- Garlic Scape Carbonara Pasta
- Chop the garlic scapes and freeze them! Pull out the chopped garlic scapes whenever you need to add a garlic boost to your meal!
A super garlicky bonus from your garden! Dip it or spread it for lots of garlic flavor!
- 1/4 - 1/3 cup chopped garlic scapes
- 2 cups cooked chickpeas
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt plus more to taste
- top with fresh chopped herbs
- crackers and/or veggies for dipping
In a food processor, pulse garlic scapes, lemon juice and salt.
Add chickpeas and blend until smooth adding olive oil as you go.
Top with herbs and spices such as dill and sumac.