As a garlic plant grows, the tender young flower stalks are trimmed off to encourage larger bulb growth. Garlic scapes—as the stalks are called—are a wonderfully fresh, tasty food in their own right. They can be found in farmers' markets wherever garlic is grown; their season typically lasts two months, starting in May or early June, depending on climate. Garlic scapes are slightly spicy, with a mellower flavor than that of garlic. They work perfectly as a fresh garnish when raw and finely diced, and make a fine side dish, too, when chopped, sauteed, and served with a vinaigrette. Or, grill them whole. Scapes also make a great pesto.