The spiraling stems that shoot out of garlic bulbs in the spring and early summer aren’t just eye-catching – they’re delectable. The looping green scapes possess a flavor more reminiscent of scallions or chives than root vegetable’s own cloves, making it a unique accent element. Here are seven scrumptious garlic scape dishes sure to win you over.
Alden & Harlow, Cambridge, Massachusetts
An oval of griddled halloumi takes center stage. Puffed barley, smoked Muscat grapes, and garlic scape oil have key supporting roles. It all adds up to one heck of a show. Make a reservation at Alden & Harlow.
Proof, Washington, D.C.
This dish has been an enduring classic at the restaurant. To add extra umami, black cod is marinated in miso. It is complemented with garlic scapes, baby bok choi, and dashi-braise shiitake mushrooms. Make a reservation at Proof.
Union, Pasadena, California
Celebrate the season. Knuckles of gnocchi enriched with plenty of ricotta are tossed with roasted garlic scapes, morels, and whey sauce. Simple and simply delicious. Make a reservation at Union.
Equinox, Washington, D.C.
Humble potato gnocchi are the star of this dish. It’s a town and country proposition. Garlic scapes and asparagus showcase the garden, while fiddlehead ferns and foraged mushrooms add a taste of the wild. Make a reservation at Equinox.