Green Garlic Scapes are the wild curlicues that show up at many farmers markets in late spring, just before the garlic harvest. Unlike the more robustly flavored bulb, garlic scapes have a sweet, fresh garlicky flavor that we usually only get to enjoy for a few fleeting weeks.
We were delighted to get our hands on some of Norwich Meadows Farm's harvest — the dried garlic scapes are crunchy, with the delicate aroma of fresh-cut grass and a tender garlic flavor. They have the bright, springy taste of green garlic without the harsh bite of a garlic clove.
The Green Garlic Scapes work beautifully in place of dried garlic or herbs in any dish, especially in soups and pickles, or rehydrated for pesto. And their crunchy texture also makes them our go-to for finishing fried eggs, adorning noodle and pasta dishes, or sprinkling anywhere you would use scallions.
Origin: Norwich Meadows Farm
- Process: Hot air dried, then ground
- Ingredients: Dried organic garlic scapes (Allium sativum)
- Tasting notes: Chives • Green Tea • Springtime
- Warm in olive oil and toss with hot pasta, garnish with parmesan cheese
- Stir into yogurt with fresh herbs for a dip for raw vegetables
- Add to marinades and meat rubs
- Green Garlic Scape Risotto
- Simple Spiced Tofu Scramble
- Pairs well with: Sun-Dried Tomato Powder, Turkish Oregano Buds, Fermented White Peppercorns
Despite their fanciful appearance, the scapes don't only exist to invoke joy and wonder — they are actually the garlic bulb's sprouting flower. Many farmers like to cut them before the cloves of garlic blossom, which redirects the plant's energy back into the bulb and all grow larger and more flavorful. They typically have a short season (like so many of our favorite spring crops!), but with a little help from our friends at Norwich Meadows Farm, we are getting to enjoy that early harvest flavor all year.
Meet the Farmers: Norwich Meadows Farm owners Zaid and Haifa Kurdieh have built their reputation among chefs by selecting crops for flavor and texture instead of yield.
Norwich Meadows Farm is a certified organic farm in Chenango County, NY, grounded in nourishment for our bodies and our environment. They are committed not only to growing exceptional food, but also to preserving and stewarding the agricultural land that they farm, through soil management and biodiversity (they grow over 1,300 varieties of plants on the 250-acre farm).
The Kurdiehs' commitment to biodiversity has also made Norwich Meadows Farm a favorite among many of New York's most popular chefs. Priya Krishna wrote a great piece for the New York Times describing the farm, Zaid's love of flavor and his unconventional farming techniques.
Learn more at norwichmeadowsfarm.com
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Always my go-to source for spices. They are super fresh and add amazing flavor to all of my dishes.
I was very glad to find Garlic Scapes on your site. It serves my family well, since some have a sensitivity to garlic cloves.
The product is fresh, tastes wonderful.
Delicious and Subtle
I had never heard of this herb before and wondered how I would use it, and if I would like it. I was happy to learn that its delicious and subtle flavor adds much to a dish that has garlic as an ingredient. I use it alone or in addition to garlic in soups, but look to using it in eggs and pasta.
Great addition to my seasoning
I make my own rubs, using an electric coffee bean grinder. When I need garlic (which is like always, right?) I use these to add to the mix.
I use these in soups, on pizza, omelets, etc. I have also ground them up with other spices in my grinder. They are more subtle than other garlics but have a beautiful flavor.
My new go-to addition
I've been adding green garlic scapes to eggs, rice, salads, and more. They enhance so many dishes!
I was not impressed. I found them a little bland but worse, hard. Really hard little chucks of something..almost like sand that almost cracked my teeth several times. I ended up throwing the meal out.
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