A garlic scape is the undeveloped flower and stem of the garlic plant.  The scapes are harvested not only because they are edible but also because removing the scape directs the plant’s energy down underground into making larger bulbs.  Garlic scapes can be chopped raw into green or pasta salads, or used in place of bulb garlic in any recipe.  The flavor is a little more mild than the bulb.  Store your scapes in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.  Scapes can last for a couple of weeks.


Garlic Scape Pesto
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1 pound garlic scapes
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
Olive oil
Pine nuts, if available

Chop garlic scapes into 3 inch lengths.  Put in the food processor or blender until pureed.  Add the parmesan and pine nuts and process until smooth.  Slowly add the olive oil as the processor/blender runs and continue until all the oil is combined into the garlic.  Store in an air-tight jar in the fridge.

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