What are garlic scapes ? ... Garlic scapes are the flower stalk of the garlic. The entire stalk and flower are edible. With mild garlic flavor and aroma they are wonderful additions to stew, roasts, marinade, salads, sandwiches, sauces, bread, pasta, pesto, stir-fry, roasted, or even steamed and eaten as a vegetable. The possibilities are endless!
The garlic scape serves as the stem from which the seed head of the garlic bulb is formed. As the bulb begins to grow and mature, garlic stalks also begin to lengthen. During the growth period, the garlic scape begins to curve. Contained within the garlic scape is a great deal of flavor, although the stalk never does reach the level of the pungent garlic bulb itself. Initially, the garlic scape is relatively tender, making it ideal for use as an ingredient in several dishes.
There are many medicinal health benefits of garlic. Garlic has been found to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activity. Garlic is also claimed to help prevent heart disease (including atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure) and cancer. Garlic is used to prevent certain types of cancer, including stomach and colon cancers.
Garlic Scape Pesto
1/4 cup walnuts (any nut or no nuts are fine)
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup grated parmigiano
1 cup garlic scapes, top flowery part removed, cut into 1/4 inch slices.
Salt/pepper to taste
Place scapes ad walnuts in the bowl of a food processor and whiz unil well combined and somewhat smooth. Slowly drizzle in oil and process until integrated. With rubber spatula, scoop pesto out of bowl and into a mixing bowl. Add parmigiano to taste, add salt/pepper to taste.
Makes about 8 oz of pesto. Can be frozen for later use. Enjoy !
|Garlic scape, before cutting in my garden|
|Basket of cut garlic scapes|
|Garlic Scape Pesto !|