Ashley’s Post: ‘Tis the Season for Garlic Scapes!

Garlic scapes are on the minds of many, it seems! Our own summer market intern, Ashley, has shared her favorite scape-inspired recipe.

garlic scapeGarlic scapes are the curly flower stalks that emerge from varieties of garlic. Snipping the scapes before the flower heads mature allows the plant to direct more energy/nutrients into the garlic bulb, which is still developing. This generally takes place in mid-June. There are many ways to enjoy garlic scapes, ranging from grilling, in a stir fry, raw in salads, soups, and an all-time favorite: pesto. Pesto is simple to make and is able to be stored in the freezer for a super easy last-minute meal (I suggest freezing the pesto in ice cube trays for easy portioning!)

Garlic Scape Pesto

Prep Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 10 mins


  • ½ cup chopped garlic scapes
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup lightly toasted pine nuts (or any nut you prefer)
  • ½ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Pulse garlic scapes, basil, lemon juice, and nuts in a food processor until finely chopped.
  2. While processing, add oil slowly until a smooth paste has been achieved.
  3. Add in the parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Process for another 5 seconds or so.
  4. Enjoy!


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