Hardneck garlic varieties are hardy and bestow a special treat – they produce flower stalks called scapes that are lovely in many recipes.
We make pesto with scapes that are harvested from our garden – this is the time (early to mid July for our plants) to harvest scapes. Harvesting them rather than leaving them allows the plants to put energy into developing nice healthy bulbs.
Kids will love to help harvest garlic scapes because of their curly shape. They can be worn as bracelets while harvesting and carrying inside to cook!
NUTTY GARLIC SCAPE PESTO
Toss those curly scapes into the blender along with the parmesan, nuts, and half of the oil. Blend thoroughly. Now drizzle in the remaining oil while blending until you reach your desired texture.
Enjoy your pesto fresh or freeze it for a few months and use when desired.
Other Ways to Use Garlic Scapes
- On pizza
- With pasta
- Canned or fermented
- Added to canned or fermented pickles
- In salads
- In dips
What is your favourite way to use garlic scapes? Tell us in the comments.