Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >
Aug 25, 2014 03:20 PM
Photo Story

The Next Big Thing… Garlic Caviar

I am going to let you all in on the Next Big Thing. Like all great inventions, Garlic Caviar was discovered by accident.

As those who have obtained garlic scapes know, there is a small seed pod on the top of each scape. Most people I know simply trim that part off and throw it out. Others (like me) trim the seed pod off the scape, trim off the "tail" on the top and use them just like the rest of the scape. They are particularly good quickly sautéed in butter and added to rice, along with pistachios and sautéed onions and mushrooms.

This year was different however. Somehow one bag of scapes fell down behind the shelf that it was being temporarily stored on and forgotten about until discovered a couple of weeks later. In that time the aforementioned seed pod continued to draw moisture from the tail on the top of the seed pod, and the seed pod continued to develop.

I broke open the pod and discovered a bunch of little pearls. I popped a couple of my mouth, and they are awesome! Since I'm sure the garlic flavor will be lost if I cooked them so I am reserving them for cold dishes. They are great as part of a tossed salad (or whisked into the dressing) and they are a tasty addition to both potato and pasta salads. I can definitely see them as part of an hors d'oeuvres item.

I didn't get a whole lot this year so I've kinda rationed them a bit, but next year I plan to experiment further.

And the best part is that the rest of the scape was still perfectly edible!

Remember folks, you heard it here first!

Fresh Scapes

Seed Pods

Garlic Caviar!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. That's really cool. Mine never stick around long enough to reach that stage haha. I'll have to try this next year.

    1. That sounds great. I throw the whole scape into the food processor and make scape pesto. I will take the little seeds out next time and use them! Great idea. Thanks :)

        1. honestly this is awesome - this may be a stupid question, but my planted garlic scapes do not develop a bulb. at what point in the growth process does this occur? the scapes generally turn brown and that signifies when you can pick the garlic head, no?