Garlic scapes only offer themselves to us for a couple weeks out of the year, making them very desirable. They are the flowering portion of the garlic plant, and they are like a mild-tasting garlic-flavored green bean. Use them to make a pesto or sauté them in oil for a simple side dish. They shine all on their own!
Garlic scapes offer similar health benefits to garlic bulbs, but are at the markets 2-3 weeks before the garlic bulbs are even ready for harvest, let alone cured and ready for sale and storage.
Garlic contains a phytochemical called allicin that is both antiviral and antibacterial. Allicin loses this potential once it is cooked, but even cooked garlic is still therapeutic for our cardiovascular system.
Garlic is one of the world’s oldest medicines, and the ancients believed it could eliminate toxins from the body. This has been proven in modern research to be true, because garlic contains sulfurous compounds that are beneficial to our liver’s detoxification system, helping to rid our bodies of environmental toxins that would otherwise accumulate in our fatty tissues.