Because it provides us with much more than its food value, garlic certainly has its place as one of the all time greatest gifts from nature. It is well known for its antimicrobial and healing properties. And along those lines it can be brewed into a "tea" and sprayed on fruit trees as an immune booster and pest deterrent.
These garlic scapes are actually the flower buds of the garlic plant. They come up in June as the days lengthen (it is almost the summer solstice now) and need to be picked so that the plant does not expend its energy on seed making. We want the energy to go to the developing bulb below ground.
So with all these scapes, what can you do? We tossed them in olive oil and sea salt and roasted them with some Parmigiano- Reggiano and red pepper flakes. Along with some rustic bread and assortment of cheeses, they made a delicious early summer lunch and disappeared quickly.