Garlic Scapes Pesto

You know those strange looking scapes that are on your hardneck garlic around mid May.  They are edible and have a really flavorful garlic flavor.  Use them in stir fry, pesto or really any dish that you would typically add garlic to.

Try this recipe for making pesto with the scapes.  They don’t have a long season so use them while they are available.


1 cup garlic scapes, sliced crosswise (usually about 12 scapes)

1/4 cup nuts (pine nuts, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seed)  Use what you have available

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese

1/2 cup basil leaves

Juice of 1 lemon

Small red onion

1 cup cherry tomatoes

Make It

Add garlic scapes and nuts to food processor.  Pulse till coarsely ground.

Add basil, lemon, onion and tomatoes.  Pulse.

Scrape down sides and pulse again.

Add cheese and pulse while drizzling oil through the spout.

Should have a smooth consistency.

Serve with bread, crackers or fresh veggies.