Garlic scapes are on the minds of many, it seems! Our own summer market intern, Ashley, has shared her favorite scape-inspired recipe.
Garlic 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
- Pulse garlic scapes, basil, lemon juice, and nuts in a food processor until finely chopped.
- While processing, add oil slowly until a smooth paste has been achieved.
- Add in the parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Process for another 5 seconds or so.