Our fermented garlic scapes now in Ontario

Le Petit Mas fermented garlic scapes now in Ontario

We are proud to announce that our fermented garlic scapes are now easily available in Ontario in different stores.

You can now buy our ORGANIC fermented garlic scapes at 17 natural food markets and our regular fermented garlic scapes under the private label “Farm Boy” at all 15 points of sales of Farm Boy (see the list of points of sale at the end of this article).

What are fermented garlic scapes?

Our fermented garlic scapes are a unique seasoning!

Easy to digest and leaving no garlic breath, fermented garlic scapes are the ideal seasoning for your lunches at the office, family meals and dishes for special occasions!

As fermentation acts as a preservative, you can keep your jar in the fridge up to 2 years. We guess that you’ll finish it before it expires!

Our fermented garlic scapes pack in a lot of taste with no added sugar or salt, allergens, cholesterol, gluten or lactose! They’re perfect for every diet!

Click here to see the ingredients listnutritional information and allergy certification.
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How to use it?

This unique seasoning will enhance all your recipes.

Ready to use, they are ideal when you are in a rush or you wish to make things simpler. Use fermented garlic scapes in any recipe when you feel like adding a delicious extra touch!

1 tsp. of Le Petit Mas fermented garlic scapes livens up all your recipes for pasta, seafood, salads, steamed vegetables, dressings and more! See our recipes for inspiration.

Substitute for garlic: calculate about 1 tsp. of fermented garlic flowers per clove.

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Garlic scapes or garlic flowers?

While the most common term for the main ingredient is “garlic scapes”, when we began farming garlic in Quebec (Canada) in 1989 this was not the case. As garlic scapes were very rarely used and commercialized at the time, we began using the term “garlic flowers” and have since grown fond of it!

The benefits of lactic fermentation

The lactic fermentation of vegetables and our garlic scapes has many benefits:

1) It keeps the products alive and good for your health, thanks to the lactic bacteria and enzymes produced, as well as maintaining the concentration of vitamins, nutrients, and bioactive molecules of raw foods.

2) It preserves the vegetables for several years through entirely natural means without chemical additives or pasteurization.

3) It creates new flavours thanks to the lactic and organic acids produced.

Read our blog article to know more about fermentation: The fermentation trend: delicious garlic scapes.

Organic fermented garlic scapes 

Big Carrot  Toronto 348 Danforth Ave. M4K 1N8
Bloor St-Market  Toronto 55 Bloor St-West M4W 1A5
Bruno’s Valu Mart Don Mills 83 Underhill Dr. M3A 2J8
Harbourfront Foods Toronto 95 Front St.E – St. Lawrence Market M5E 1C2
Healthy Planet Etobicoke Etobicoke 1000 Islington Ave M8Z 4P8
Nature’s Emporium Newmarket 16635 Yonge St. L3X 1V66
The Sweet Potato Toronto 2995 Dundas St. W M6P 1Z4
Tiano’s Organics Pickering 375 Kingston Rd L1V 1A3
Full Circle Foods Kitchener 3 Charles St. W N2G 1H1
The Garden Basket Markham 9271 Markham Rd L6E 1A1
4 Life Natural Food (south)  Toronto 210 Augusta Ave M5T 2J1
Better Bulk / Moberly Natural Foods Toronto 2044 Danforth Ave M4C 1J8
Yummy Market (Maple) Maple 1390 Major Mackenzie Dr W L6A 4H6
Pure Heaven Ancaster 69 Deerview Ave L9G 4S1
Jecara Farms Schomberg 15580 10th Concession L0G 1T0


Alloro Fine Foods Nobelton 13305 Hwy 27 L0G 1N0
Bloor Superfresh Toronto 384 Bloor St. W M5S 1X2

Regular fermented garlic scapes under the private label “Farm Boy”


814 Sydney Street Cornwall K6H 3J8 613-938-8566
457 Hazeldean Road Kanata K2L 1V1 613-836-8085
940 Futures Gate Kingston K7M 8T5 613-547-2173
1045 Wellington Road London N6E 1W4 519-963-0486
3033 Woodroffe Avenue Nepean K2G 6H2 613-823-8835
1642 Merivale Road Nepean K2G 4A1 613-228-7417
2030 Tenth Line Road Orléans K4A 4X4 613-841-4221
2950 Bank Street Ottawa K1T 1N8 613-260-7330
1500 Bank St. Ottawa K1H 7Z1 613-739-7199
1495 Richmond Road Ottawa K2B 6R9 613-688-2882
585 Montreal Road Ottawa K1K 4K3 613-744-3463
499 Terry Fox Drive Ottawa K2T 1H7 613-271-8727
3035 St. Joseph Boulevard Ottawa K1E 1E1 613-590-1830
1250 Stittsville Main St. Ottawa K2S 1S9 613-836-4594
665 Industrial Avenue Ottawa K1G 0Z1 613 288-0616


It is the season to cook with Quebec garlic scapes

it is the season to cook with garlic scapes

After asparagus and radishes, Quebec-grown garlic scapes start appearing in supermarkets, public markets and organic food baskets.

One question that often comes up when Le Petit Mas goes to fairs is: “What can I cook with garlic scapes?”

To answer this question, we must first distinguish between two products: our fermented garlic flowers and fresh garlic scapes.

Fermented garlic scapes in oil

Developed in 1989 by Le Petit Mas, our fermented garlic flowers are a seasoning. More delicate than garlic, they don’t have that “burning” taste of garlic cloves. The fermentation process makes the raw scapes more easy to digest and they won’t give you garlic breath. So fermented garlic scape butter will be much more digestible than traditional garlic butter and won’t overpower the taste of your lobster or prawns.

Ready to use, fermented garlic scapes will quickly season everyday meals as well as fancier dishes: salads, dressings, pasta, seafood, marinades, pizzas, sandwiches, vegetables, etc.

Try Le Petit Mas fermented garlic flowers, available year-round in stores.


Fresh garlic scapes

Fresh garlic scapes can be eaten in two ways.

Cook fresh garlic scapes like other vegetables. Their taste is similar to green beans or asparagus, but slightly sweeter. Fresh garlic scapes can be steamed, baked or fried. When you can easily poke them with a knife, they are ready to eat. Add them to stir-fries, pizzas, quiches and more.

Raw and finely chopped, fresh garlic scapes are a good substitute for green onions in salads, soups, etc. (1 garlic scape = 1 green onion).

Most market gardeners sell garlic scapes seasonally (late June to mid-July). Go to public markets throughout Quebec to stock up!

Now that we have made the distinction, here are some summer recipes for cooking with Quebec-grown garlic scapes:

Summer recipes for fermented garlic scapes

garlic scape marinade for fish and poultry

Garlic scape marinade for fish and poultry







grilledherby potatoes with garlic scapes

Grilled herby potatoes with garlic scapes








spring pizza with shrimp imp asparagus cheese and garlic scapes

Spring pizza  with shrimp imp asparagus cheese and garlic scapes







Summer recipes for fresh garlic scapes

summer salad with tomatoes and fresh garlic scapes

Summer salad with tomatoes and fresh garlic scapes







quiche with fresh garlic scapesQuiche with fresh garlic scapes

garlic scape pestoGarlic scape pesto







Why and when do we need to harvest garlic scapes?

Why and when do we need to harvest garlic scapes
Why do we need to harvest garlic scapes?

The question may seem trivial, but we need to pick the scapes if we want to harvest large garlic bulbs later on.

If we don’t pick the scape, the plant expends all its energy to grow its flower and grains (bulbils). Since all the energy goes into the flower, the bulb stays small. So to encourage the growth of large garlic bulbs, we need to pick the scapes.

When do we need to harvest garlic scapes?

We pick the scape once it has grown about two turns, in late June. In fact, you can pick the scape as soon as the bud emerges. Cut the scape at the bottom, just above the leaves.

We pick the scape once it has grown two turns because it is twice as long compared to just after one turn! This way, we get twice as much from the same plant!

If you wish to eat garlic scapes, your must pick them before they straighten out because they get tough and stringy and will no longer be good to eat.

What should I do with my freshly picked garlic scapes?

Fresh garlic scapes can be eaten raw like green onions or cooked like asparagus or green beans.

Have extra garlic scapes? Freeze scapes or make them into garlic scape pesto.

You don’t have enough garlic scapes in your garden to last you all year? No problem, try our fermented garlic flowers available year-round in most supermarkets.


Do all garlic varieties produce scapes?

No! There are over 600 cultivated varieties of garlic. These are divided into two subspecies: softneck garlic, which does not produce scapes (no flowering stem) and hardneck garlic, which produces scapes (with a flowering stem). The Music garlic we cultivate is part of the Porcelain variety of hardneck garlic.

Read our Garlic Growing Guide to know more about the cultivation of Quebec Music variety garlic.

Buy your garlic seeds from our online store.


Happy harvesting!