“You know, when you get your first asparagus, or your first acorn squash, or your first really good tomato of the season, those are the moments that define the cook’s year. I get more excited by that than anything else.” ― Mario Batali
Garlic is one of my favorite things to cook with, as it is a staple ingredient in almost every kitchen. It’s such a versatile ingredient and adds a unique flavor to a variety of dishes. However, there is a secret to perfecting your garlic dishes, and that is by understanding garlic scapes and how to use them.
Garlic scapes are the curly, green shoots that grow up from the stem of the garlic bulbs. They are often overlooked in favor of the more familiar garlic cloves, but they are packed with flavor and have many nutritional benefits.
Many people don’t realize removing them is the key to having a successful garlic harvest. In today’s episode, I’ll explain the world of garlic scapes, from their flavor profile to their creative uses in the kitchen, and why you need to harvest them to ensure large, beautiful garlic bulbs!
Check out my YouTube Video on The Secret to Perfect Garlic: Understanding Garlic Scapes and How to Use Them!
Read on for more recipes and how to make your own Roasted Garlic & Garlic Infused Olive Oil!
Garlic scape pesto recipe
Garlic scape pesto is a great way to use up any leftover garlic scapes. It is easy to make and can be used as a spread, dip, or sauce. Here is a simple recipe for garlic scape pesto:
1 cup garlic scapes, chopped
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
½ tsp pink Himalayan salt
½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
In a food processor or blender, pulse the garlic scapes, Parmesan cheese, and pine nuts until finely chopped.
With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil until the mixture is smooth.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Other creative ways to use garlic scapes
- Stir-fry: Add chopped garlic scapes to your favorite stir-fry recipe for a fresh, green flavor
- Salad: Use thinly sliced garlic scapes in your favorite salad recipe for a unique twist
- Soup: Add chopped garlic scapes to your favorite soup recipe for added flavor and nutrition.
- Grilled: Brush garlic scapes with olive oil and grill them for a delicious and healthy side dish.
I certainly hope you are encouraged to garden. Even if you start with only two or three of these things, that’s a great start!
Be sure to check out my Blog Post on my Top 10 Favorite & Easy Vegetables to Grow for the Home Gardener!
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