Garlic scapes are the fresh green spring growth of garlic plants. They have a wonderful mild garlicy flavor and can be used in many ways. My personal favorite is garlic scape pesto! I have made this at the beginning of the summer for the past few years and it always symbolizes the unfolding of delicious seasonal produce rituals.
Take a moment to appreciate how beautiful the scapes are before chopping them up!
To make my pesto I combine the chopped scapes with pine nuts, parmesan cheese, and olive oil in the food processor. I don’t typically measure when I cook, but I would estimate it’s about 1 cup of chopped scapes for every 1/3 cup pine nuts, 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, and a generous drizzle of olive oil. I often add more oil while blending if the pesto needs more lubrication.
In the end you should have nice thick and chunky bright green pesto.
Other best sellers include toasted crostinis with scape pesto, olive oil, and S&P or scape pesto as the base for the pizza instead of tomato sauce. Get creative with how you use the pesto — it’s delicious on anything!