Seasonal Scapes!

Have you tried garlic scapes yet? Around here, these cool-looking stalks are a versatile, early-summer staple.

When garlic bulbs sprout these flowering scapes, farmers and gardeners cut them off so the garlic plant focuses on growing a bigger bulb. But not everyone takes advantage of the fact that these trimmings are delicious and easy to cook. Luckily, the renowned organic pioneers at Alvarez Farms aren’t wasting these gems.

You can cook garlic scapes like you would garlic in pretty much any dish, from pasta to frittata. Mac in our Point of Sale Department loves garlic scapes on the grill. Another favorite is garlic scape pesto, like this recipe from our friends at Viroqua Food Co-op in Wisconsin!


2 cups garlic scapes, roughly chopped

1⁄2 cup Parmesan cheese

1⁄2 cup walnuts

1⁄2 - 3⁄4 cup Sunflower Oil  

Pinch of salt and black pepper


Add garlic scapes, Parmesan, walnuts, and salt and pepper to food processor and pulse until well blended. Turn processor on and slowly add 1⁄2 cup sunflower oil. Once added, stop the processor and scrape sides to make sure all ingredients are incorporated. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. If pesto is too thick, add more oil while processor is running. Process pesto once more until it is creamy, approximately one minute.

Here’s to the scape harvest!

Date: Tuesday May 31, 2016

Category: In The Co-op

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