This is one of my all-time favourite pesto recipes! Thanks to my friend Christine Stevenson and her husband, Romeyn from Gaelic Garlic (Peterborough Ontario farmers market) !
Years ago, she introduced me to these magical, somewhat lesser known ‘scapes’ ~ the slender green stems of the garlic plant, complete with the unopened flower buds. My family and I have been ‘hooked’ every since! Garlic Scapes are a favourite food in the late Spring, here, but I want to share today as it may indeed be ‘the season’ where you are!
Garlic, is one of the oldest known cultivated plants. It’s a member of the lily family, which includes onions, chives, shallots and leeks. Garlic, is one of my very favourite herbal medicines in the herbal apothecary. To learn more about healing garlic’s qualities, go HERE.
Garlic Scapes impart a mild garlic flavour and can be enjoyed cooked or raw. Chop them into a salad or use in recipes calling for green onions or scallions. They are delicious when sauteed with mushrooms, celery, peppers or your favourite veggies in a quick stir-fry and then pair extremely well atop whole grain or rice pasta or atop a dish of Spelt or Quinoa or other whole grain. I don’t tend to make a lot of soup in early summer but these tasty greens can also impart a kick to home-made vegetable broth or a light soup.
My FAVOURITE way to prepare the garlic scape remains:
Garlic Scape Pesto
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (or Romano)
3 Tbsp. fresh lime or lemon juice
1/4 lb. scapes (110g)
1/2 cup olive oil
Puree scapes and olive oil in a food processor until smooth.
Stir in Parmesan and lime or lemon juice and add seasoning to taste.^
^ I didn’t add either salt or pepper to this batch and it’s YUM!
There’s salt in the cheese, don’t forget!
Serve on bread, crackers or pasta – or as a dip for raw or grilled veggies. Add to home-made mayo for a kicked up ‘aoili’.
I always make extra ~ and freeze it as below, in ice cube trays. Overnight in the freezer and then pop them into labelled freezer bags for easy access and a delicious + nutritious garlicky “pop” to so many meals. They thaw easily and can be a super quick pasta sauce…..or tossed with BBQ veggies or …. stirred into your favourite grain dish. Limitless possibilities!
Green good wishes, Carol