Garlic Scape Pesto

After months of growth my garlic plants finally have scapes that are ready for harvesting.  Scapes are the “shoots” that garlic plants send up to flower as the bulb is still developing.  Because the bulb is not yet fully formed you are supposed to cut off the scapes so that plant can refocus its energy on the bulb.  The scapes themselves are packed with garlicky flavor and can be used in all sorts of recipes.  I’ll be posting more scape concoctions as the week goes on but for now I’d like to share this delicious recipe for Scape Pesto.

Oh, and before I post the recipe I have to brag about the rest of today’s garden harvest.  In addition to the scapes I also picked a handful of beautiful green beans, a large bunch of basil leaves, and three (yes, three!) strawberries.  🙂

Garlic Scape Pesto  (serves 2)

You will need…
2 Garlic Scapes
15-20 Large Basil Leaves
3-4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and chop until well blended.  Taste the pesto and add olive oil, salt, pepper, or Parmesan as needed to reach your desired flavor.

What can you do with your fresh Scape Pesto?

  • Serve it with Caprese Salad – that’s what we did!
  • Serve it over pasta
  • Enjoy it with a loaf of crusty rustic bread
  • Add it to a homemade pizza