|My garlic plants|
During the growing process the plants grow a scape on top. It's a curvy loop on one of the garlic plant's stems and has a flower blossom on the end. The scapes are cut off the garlic plants so that the plant's energy can go to the bulb growing underground rather than to the blossom for the flower trying to grow at the top of the plant.
So, when the scapes are the right size, they are cut from the plant with a sharp knife to be used in various recipes. My favorite is scape pesto.
I have about 275 garlic plants in the garden this year but I only cut about 15 or so scapes the other day to make some pesto for dinner. So, I'll be harvesting the remaining scapes this week end and making LOTS more pesto sauce and freezing most of it for future use.
Harvesting the garlic scapes...
|In my garden. A big handful of cut scapes ready |
to bring into the kitchen.
Ingredients for about four cups:
- 10 to 15 garlic scapes
- About 1 cup or so of chopped pine nuts (OR pistachios or walnuts)
- 3/4 to 1 cup extra virgin olive oil (more or less, depending on desired consistency)
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (One time I added to this a couple of slices of an Italian four-cheese blend because I was short on the Parmesan cheese. It came out delicious!)
- Juice from half of a fresh squeezed lemon (more if needed)
- Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
- You can also add 1/2 cup to 1 cup fresh chopped basil
|Some scapes cut from the plants and on my cutting board|
|I cut off the tough "woody" parts of the scape and froze |
them for future soup stock making.
|chopping pine nuts|
|Ready to process (a few longer pieces snuck in!)|
|It smells heavenly!|