I told C the other day that we were going to have garlic scapes for dinner.
He asked, “where is the garlic trying to escape to?”
Probably not an uncommon response to a mention of garlic scapes. But while it certainly does look like the scapes are trying to escape, a garlic scape is simply the flowering part of the plant. If you’ve ever seen an onion or other allium in bloom, that’s kind of what this is like. The big difference from onions is that garlic scapes grow long and curly and people often pick them to eat.