Garlic Scapes!? What To Do With These Spring Treats

Garlic Scapes only come but once a year and when they arrive, they sure are prolific.  These gems are what the flower of the garlic plant would be.  They spiral up all funky and have a mild garlic flavor with the consistency of asparagus.  You can use these as a substitution for garlic cloves. Just chop them up and throw them into the dish you are making and you will be amazed!  

Some people also like to make a garlic scape pesto.  At market on Saturday a handful of people came up to our stand and raved about last year's garlic scape pesto.  One woman slathered it on top of salmon and another used it with pasta.  My only warning here is this:  your pesto will be very garlicky!  This isn't your typical basil pesto!  

In order to make a pesto, throw garlic scapes, olive oil, nuts of your choice (I've seen recipes with pine nuts, walnuts, and pistachios), salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese in your blender or food processor.  Whirl these ingredients together until smooth.  If needed, add more oil to make a thinner consistency.  Enjoy!!