Last week I saw a Facebook post from a British Columbia based seed company called Westcoast seeds. This is where I purchase all my seeds from and they’re always a great source of local knowledge. The Facebook post was perfect timing since it was all about garlic scapes (garlic scapes are the “flower stalks” of hardneck garlic plants, although they do not produce flowers). I was just looking at my garlic and noticed all the scapes and wondered what I was supposed to do with them. This is the first time I’ve grown garlic and it’s all new to me so I take whatever help I can get… thanks Westcoast seeds!
You’ll see from my photos that the scapes are simply stunning. Perhaps it’s the designer in me, but all I see is the beauty in the shape and colour of these curly flower stalks. The Facebook post mentioned that it’s best to remove the scapes from the garlic at this point but also mentioned that some people like to make pesto with them – perfect, another great culinary experiment to attempt! So, although I found it hard to do, I managed to chop off the beautiful scapes and take them into the house to experiment with garlic scape pesto.
Please take a moment to “ewww” and “ahhh” and gush over the photos for a moment – seriously, another of nature’s splendour’s.
- 1/2 cup garlic scapes, finely chopped (6-8 garlic scapes)
- 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
- 1/2 cup raw almonds toast them lightly, if you’d like)
- About 1/2 cup olive oil
- Juice from 1/2 a lemon
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until entirely mixed. Feel free to add a little extra olive oil depending on the desired consistency.
- Serve with crackers, toast, pasta, gnocchi or rice. Enjoy!