One of the most essential items in any cook’s pantry, garlic is an intensely spicy member of the allium family (along with onions, shallots and leeks). Garlic is planted in the fall and harvested in high summer. But in early summer, garlic offers an advance taste of the goodness to come in the form of the scape — the garlic flower. Scapes are typically pruned off soon after they appear so the plant can direct its energies into producing a bigger bulb, but they are wonderful in their own right and can be used as you would regular bulb garlic.

STORAGE: Garlic bulbs should be placed in a cool, dry place. They should keep for several months. Scapes should be stored in plastic in the fridge. They can also be frozen.