Hardneck garlic forms curly stalks called scapes. It is generally recommended that these be removed to allow all the energy to concentrate on the growth of the garlic bulb. If left on the plant, the curly stem forms a seed head. Cutting, or snapping off the scapes when they young provides a wonderful, tender vegetable with a mild garlic flavor. They may be chopped and stir fried, or left whole like asparagus. Or you may use them to make pesto. They may be added to basil pesto, or may replace the basil altogether. Here’s my recipe:
- 2 cups of scapes – you’ll have to chop them some in order to measure.
- 3/4 cup grated parmesan
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 2 T pine nuts
Blend all of the ingredients until smooth, (sometimes I add the pine nuts after blending if I want that crunch) and fold into a pound of cooked, hot pasta. Oh, my! (The recipe may also be used as a dip)
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