Garlic, or rather hard neck garlic – the kind we grow here, gifts us with two harvests. The predictable and hopeful bulbs pulled from the soil in July, and about a month earlier with garlic scapes. Scapes are those whimsical curly wands that stretch their way to the sky in June, in Vermont anyway. Scapes signal to the grower that its time to stop watering the bulbs below decks, and get ready for harvest, typically about 3 weeks out from the time the scapes are long and curled.
What to do with this bonus harvest? There are several ways we use them here, including grilling them for pizza or eggs, slicing them up for soups, or pickling them for zingy cocktails, etc. But the most prolific way is probably to make pesto. After all, it IS garlic. Just whiz the scapes up in place of garlic in regular ol’ pesto recipe.
- Be sure to taste your scapes before making the recipe – some are more potent than others.
- Substitute any kind of nut you prefer. Pine nuts are traditional, but they can be pricy.
Adapted from the New York Times