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Garlic scapes are here!

Garlic scapes are here!

So, I have a confession to make. 

I am not a measure-er.  What??

When I cook, I rarely measure the ingredients.  I follow recipes loosely–they are a guideline right?  Consequently, I sometimes have to guesstimate how much of this or that has gone into a recipe I share with you…so far so good :)

Here is just such a recipe, I wait all year to harvest the garlic scapes from my garden–looks like I should be able to harvest in the next few days!!  Yeah!

Not familiar with garlic scapes?  Garlic scapes are the flower stalk of the garlic.  They need to be harvested so that the plant puts its energy into growing the bulb (not the flower).   The entire stalk and flower are edible.  Ranging from mild to strong 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!

So many of our local farms grow garlic—and I’m sure they are chomping at the bit to harvest the scapes too!  You can even find scapes in many retail locations around the region—make sure you have a look for them, you won’t be sorry!  Here are a few places where you can find garlic and garlic scapes

And now for my favourite scape recipe...

Garlic Scape and Walnut Pesto

1 200 gr bag of walnuts
1 green onion
7-8 scapes
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
cracked pepper
1/4 cup (or more depending on dryness) olive oil
3/4 cup parmesan cheese
In food processor pulse, add all ingredients except olive oil and parmesan.  Pulse until walnuts and scapes are small–but not mushy.  (this is a chunky style pesto–not the same as the grocery store variety!)  Add olive oil, pulse.  Add cheese, pulse.  Add more oil if necessary –be careful not to add too much!

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