{Nourish} What do I do with this? Garlic Scapes



As a CSA site host and beloved member, I have overheard many a conversation and answered what seems like a million questions  about the elusive garlic scape.  It’s untamed, curly, citron green stalk gives it a curious and enticing appeal; but for most, they have no idea how to cook with it.

To most, the garlic scape (which is the ab0ve ground stem of a maturing garlic plant which is nestled below the earth) would seem to be inedible.  Then, subscribing to the philosophy of reducing ingredient waste, someone discovered their delicious, mild-garlic flavor.

So what do you do with it, right?  Any mouthwatering recipe that calls for garlic takes on a new dimension of flavor when swapped for the scapes.  Yet sometimes, when I am not in the mood for their course texture (they can be a bit tough) one of my favorite (and probably the most popular) uses for the scape is a seasonal pesto.   Don’t get stuck on the notion that pesto is only used as a pasta sauce.  Add a dollop to scrambled eggs, your turkey sandwich, or slather it onto a pizza.  I promise, you’ll love it.

Garlic Scape,  Arugula and Walnut Pesto

  • 2-3 garlic scapes, chopped
  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2-3/4 cups olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

In a food processor, combine the scapes, arugula, basil and walnuts.  Once minced, add the Parmesan and pulse 3-5 times to combine.  With the food processor on, drizzle the olive oil through the feed hole.  Drizzle in 1-2 tbsp of water for a thinner consistency (if you dont want to add more oil to thin it out).  Season with salt and pepper and serve.

*Not a CSA member.  You can find scapes at your local farmers market (they are in season now) or possibly at your local grocery (our Whole Foods has them right now).

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One thought on “{Nourish} What do I do with this? Garlic Scapes

  1. The garlic scapes are good chopped up and added to anything roasted or sautéed too ! Has a very nice mild taste.

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