garlic scape pesto

Mmmmm. Mmmmm. Mmmmmmmm.

MaryJane’s Garlic Scape Pesto*

  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoon fresh lime or lemon juice
  • 1/4 pound garlic scapes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt to taste

Puree scapes and olive oil in a food processor (or blender) until smooth. Stir in parmesan cheese and lime or lemon juice and season to taste. Serve on bread, crackers or pasta.

*From MaryJane’s Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook – For the Farmgirl in All of Us

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6 thoughts on “garlic scape pesto

  1. Here are a few good pics of garlic scapes:

    Garlic scapes
    http://flickr.com/photos/gardening/566158336/
    garlic scapes
    Garlic Scape
    Garlic scapes

    (Some are gorgeous! I heart Flickr, and amateur photographers…)

    And here is a definition of garlic scapes:
    “…scapes are the flower stalks found on members of the Allium family (onions, leeks, chives, and garlic). Garlic scapes, which only appear on the finest hardneck garlic varieties, curl upward as they grow, ultimately straighten, and then grow little seed-like bulbs. When the garlic scapes are still in full curl, they are tender and delicious.”

    Farmers often cut the scapes off to allow the garlic bulbs to grow bigger. They used to be kind of a waste, until folks realized how delicious they are–now they’re a gourmet spring crop! Check out a farmer’s market next time your in town.

    (Quote taken from this article, which also has more recipes:
    http://www.moscowfood.coop/archive/scape.html)

  2. Thanks for this great suggestion! We are friends with the Ryans and remember meeting you at their wedding. We also belong to a CSA and were excited to have a use for the scapes that came in this week’s box. By the way, congratulations on your pregnancy–we’re expecting our second child in September and receive our care at the Midwife Center too.

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