We are successfully growing garlic this year after a couple tries that have failed. One of the first benefits (luxuries) of growing garlic is the scapes that appear in the late spring/early summer.
You can see the buds of the flowers on the stems. Scapes are cut from the garlic before the buds open. The scapes are delicious and cutting them allows the plant to put its energy into developing the garlic heads and bulbs.
We cut about a pound of garlic scapes. We washed them off in the sink and set out to make pesto.
Aren’t they cute looking? They look like tall necked swans to me.
Chop up your scapes into 1 inch pieces and toss in your food processor. Just like all pestos, you can be a bit creative here. I added about 1 cup of parmesan cheese that was freshly grated and about 1/2 cup of pine nuts (you can also use pistachios). As I add things I toggle between pulsing the food processor and just letting its motor go for a bit. The idea is to get a creamy paste like substance. Add some lemon juice (from 1 lemon). Stream 1 cup of olive oil into the pesto and food processor for the last ingredient. You will have a smooth, green paste. AND it will smell like garlic in your entire house!
Oh my goodness it is so good!
We tossed some on a few veggies and tossed those on the grill. We topped some pasta with the veggies and a bit more of the garlic scape pesto. It was delicious.
I froze the rests in ice cube trays so I can have this lovely garlic pesto whenever the urge hits!