Last year around this time my good friend Karin Fry introduced me to the Garlic Scape. Of course after she told me about this my curiosity was peeked, so my mom and I went off to the Royal Oak Farmers Market in search of this new ingredient. The garlic scape is the top “flowering” part of the garlic plant. To me it has a more potent garlic flavor than the actual bulb.
At first, all I did was just add them to my salads. I personally thought it was better than adding an onion. I chopped them up and use them as I would a scallion or chive. It gives your dish a huge burst of garlic flavor with out all the work of peeling garlic out of a bulb.
A few weeks after this discovery, I went back to the market to get another bunch. To my surprise they were no where to be found. I found out they are only out for a few short weeks in June. This year I found them at Eastern Market and The Royal Oak Farmers Market. They sell for around $2.00 a bunch. I was smarter this year and I stocked up.
What did I do with this years bounty you ask? Well I found that they are amazing sautéed with mushrooms in a little bit of coconut oil. (Coconut oil is also a new thing I started to cook with. It has been taking the health food world by storm since it can be an aide in weight loss and has various other benefits.) I made a pesto out of them, that was like a full garlic explosion for pasta that might be even better than the basil pesto. I plan on adding them to my pickle recipe and I may toss them into my salsa. I also ended up freezing a few bunches so I can use them when winter comes (because sadly its coming, not to sound like a character from game of thrones). Freezing is super easy just wash them up toss them into a Ziploc bag then put into your freezer.
Here is the Garlic Scape pesto recipe:
6-8 Garlic scapes chopped, **3/4 cup of olive oil, 1/4 cup pine nuts or walnuts, 1 cup parmesan cheese (grated) 1 tbsp. lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.
Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend till smooth.
** For the olive oil I used regular for one batch and then I used a basil infused olive oil for a different flavor. Experiment with what ever flavor you like.
Until next time 🙂