In the spring you'll start to see garlic in the form of scapes. The scape is the flower stalk of the garlic plant.

Since these are cut in late spring, long before the garlic bulbs are ready to harvest, a scape is a wonderful substitute for fresh garlic. Chop and use as you would garlic or make a scape pesto. It can also be parboiled if you want a less crunchy texture.

Keep scapes in a brown paper bag in the refrigerator and they will last for weeks. They can also be chopped, placed in containers, and frozen.