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Fresh and vibrant Garlic Scape Pesto is a delicious flavour explosion that takes only minutes to prepare. If you’ve got scapes on hand, you have to try this on pasta, as a dip, on sandwiches, you name it.
What are Garlic Scapes?
Garlic scapes are thin, green and curly plants–the stem and bud, or flower that grow atop hardneck garlic bulbs. They are part of the garlic plant, and are trimmed to encourage flavour development in the bulb. Also, they’re delicious and edible!
As you might imagine, it has a garlicky flavour but it’s a little more fresh and vegetal than a garlic bulb would be. You can sauté them, fry them, blend them and more! They’re a true summer delicacy as they’re only available in the early summer months (think June-July).
You can usually find them at farmer’s markets, Asian grocery stores and at specialty produce stores. If you see them, stock up, because the season is short! You can also chop and freeze them to use throughout the year, or pickle them.
How to Make Garlic Scape Pesto
You won’t believe how simple this garlic scape pesto recipe is. It’s a 1 step recipe and all you need to do is add your ingredients into a food processor or blender and season to taste. It’s really easy to modify, and if you don’t have scapes on hand you can use other greens or try this Pea Shoot Pesto instead.
You’ll need only 7 ingredients to make this dreamy sauce.
Extra virgin olive oil
Basil (and this is optional, if you want to leave it out to let the garlic scapes shine!)
Salt and pepper
This vegan garlic scape pesto is so versatile and can be enjoyed as a spread, sauce, dip or by the spoonful. Here are some fun ways to eat.
Pasta. Mix in with your favourite pasta to create a super flavourful sauce.
By the spoonful. Or veggie-ful. This makes an amazing dip to serve with crudité, bread or other snacky items of choice.
Salad. You know what to do–use this bold pesto as a dressing for your greens and veg or try this Pesto Power Salad.
Can You Freeze Garlic Scape Pesto?
Yes! If you’re not going to enjoy your pesto within a few days time, store pesto in a freezer-safe, airtight container and pop into the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy again, let thaw in the fridge and dig in. It’s a great way to enjoy all the garlic scape flavour year round.
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