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In the Nude: Grilled Garlic Scapes – Pantry Doctor, LLC

In the Nude: Grilled Garlic Scapes


With every In the Nude post, I’ll be breaking down the walls of intimidation that separate us from the plants we should be eating and enjoying without preparing them to the point that we rob them of their natural properties and benefits. The poster child for this month’s “In the Nude” is the garlic scape. No rolling it in batter, deep frying it, or drowning it in a creamed soup or casserole. Here you’ll find garlic scapes.

Simply Nude.

Let’s learn to eat in the moment this month.  The garlic scape is part of the garlic family. It comes from the flower stalk that grows from the garlic bulb. It kind of looks like a green onion or a chive. Grilled garlic scapes can be eaten from head to tail, so there is no waste! They taste full of garlicky yumminess, and the texture is similar to that of asparagus.

The Quick and Dirty.

  • They may increase oxygen levels in the blood.
  • They are high in antioxidants, especially glutathione (a powerful immune booster), which protects the body from viruses and bacteria.
  • They protect the liver and kidney from oxidative stress. Since our liver is basically our body’s garbage dumpster, this is an important nutrient for our liver and kidneys!


They have a very short stint at the farmers market, and RIGHT NOW is the time for scapes in the South.  I’ve only recently discovered the scape myself, and it is so versatile and flavorful that I have decided to make it my personal mission to spread the gospel far and wide — to more or less tell it on the mountain (er, foothills) about this wonderful veggie!

Now, if you will excuse me, I am picking my scapes up for a hot date with my grill out back.  Stay tuned for more hot, juicy details and recipes for the scape. The scape can be nude, but please keep your pants on!

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In the Nude: Grilled Garlic Scapes
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In the Nude: Grilled Garlic Scapes
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  1. Toss garlic scapes in olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. When charred, remove from grill and serve hot!
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    • Hi Nicole! You probably won’t spot these at most grocery stores. They are unique for sure! They are local and seasonal and are aplenty right now at most farmers markets. I hope you can find them and give them a try! 🙂

  1. Never heard of these and I do love Garlic especially with some butter over my broccoli. I wonder if our local farmers market will have them? I will check and see.

  2. Thank you for the reminder to head to the market and grab new and different ingredients! It is so easy to get stuck buy the same items each week. LOVE these little cutties – they will be on the grill this weekend!

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