Garlic Scapes

imageGarlic Scapes are the curly central stems that emerge on garlic plants around the middle of June. The garlic scape left to mature contains edible seeds, but removing the scape allows the garlic plant to divert it’s energy from flower production to bulb production, resulting in bigger garlic. Garlic scapes are tasty in their own right, and offer a preview of the garlicky goodness yet to come. Garlic scapes taste like garlic and can be used in a similar manner, however because they are milder than raw garlic, they are also great eaten raw in salads or as toppings for soups and sandwiches. In my opinion, the best way to use garlic scapes is in a pesto. Here’s the recipe:

Garlic Scape Pesto

  •  5 garlic scapes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup toasted nuts (pine, walnuts, or pistachios)
  • 1 tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and puree. Use Garlic Scape Pesto to toss with pasta, as a pizza sauce, to top fish or chicken, or as a sandwich spread.

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