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Garlic Scape Pesto

garlic scape pesto

Garlic scapes are the top part of a softneck garlic plant. Traditionally, these tasty scapes have only been enjoyed by famers and gardeners, but lately the have been popping up at farmer's markets and natural food stores.

The biggest reason I cut off the garlic scapes has to do with the garlic bulb itself. At the top of the scape is an immature seed pod. If left on the garlic plant, the plant will divert most of its energy into developing the seeds. This is a natural process that plants go through to ensure their seed lives on. If you remove the pod and scape, the bulb of garlic will become larger because it benefits from resources that would have otherwise gone toward seed production.

There is a piucture below of my garlic in the garden. You will notice the plants all have a long shoot that is curling around. The white pod is the seed pod. When they began to curl, you know they are ready. You want to cut the scape just above the tallest leaf. When using them, you want to remove the seed pod and the small green shoot above it. They are very tough. They can, however be used to beautifully flavor stock.

My favorite use for these tasty treats is Garlic Scape Pesto. Here's how I make it:

Ingredients

15 garlic scapes, seed pod removed

1/4 cup of pistaccios

1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons of pumkin seed oil (if you don't have this, you may substitute more extra virgin olive oil)

1/4 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions

Cut the garlic scapes into 2 inch sections. Put into the workbowl of your favorite food processor and process till almost smooth. Add the pistachios and repeat. Add the balsamic vinegar and pulse to combine. With the food processor running, add the olive oil and pumkin seed oil slowly. Add the cheese and salt and pepper, pulse until combined.

 The four tall plants you see in the picture below are the garlic, with the scapes ready to be harvested.

softneck garlic with garlic scapes ready to harvest

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