Garlic scape garlic scape garlic scape... Oh.my.goodess! I have never ever had a garlic scape (or even knew they existed) until my awesome CSA Hellgate Farm introduced me to them this Summer and man oh man do I wish that I knew about them earlier!
OK, so garlic scape… Garlic is a bulbous plant and as it grows it the ground it creates leaves that look like super big blades of grass. In the middle of the grass-like leaves grows one single garlic scape per bulb. They are like garlic scallions- such a winning combination. Once they have fully grown you harvest the scapes and then the energy from the plant can focus on the garlic bulb. I am learning so much as an apprentice at this farm and it’s AWESOME.
So what to do with garlic scapes?
>Make this pesto of course! Dip things into it, use it on zucchini noodles, on grilled or roasted chicken, with your eggs in the morning, or my favorite- with a spoon :)
>Chop it up and use it as you would scallions
>With sautéed vegetables
>In cauliflower rice
- ½ cup olive oil*
- ½ cup pine nuts
- 1 garlic scape chopped up (about ¼ cup)
- 2 tablespoons rough chop fresh basil
- ¼ cup soaked cashews (rinsed)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- juice ½ lemon
Soak the cashews for minimum 2 hours, maximum overnight. Then rinse them.
Mix all ingredients together in a food processor. Talk about easy!
*Add more oil if you would like a thinner consistency, you could also add a bit of water. If you’re adding more liquids, start with a drizzle and add until you’re pleased with the results. Don’t add too much too quickly for fear of ending up with the wrong consistency.