Garlic Scapes 14 June 2011 Garlic scapes

The garlic scapes were removed today. Some scapes were steam cooked and eaten similar to cooking asparagus. There is a school of thought that the under ground cloves are slightly larger when the scape, flower pod stem, is removed. The small test last year indicated no difference in size that was discernible.

If the garlic flower is allowed to mature it produces bulblets, which are clones of the underground cloves. These bulblets may be planted successively for three years to produce normal cloves. It is a convenient method of getting sufficient seed stock. Garlic does not produce new varieties, since the flowers are sterile and all production is simply clones.

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