“What are these crazy alien beans?!?” you might be asking yourself after this week’s pickup. They’re garlic scapes, the part of a garlic bulb that grows above ground and has to be removed in order to for the bulb to grow larger. They’re also edible, with a flavor crossed between garlic and scallions. My favorite use for them is pesto; this recipe has enough bite to be interesting but is mild enough to use as a spread on a sandwich (assuming you like garlic!).
Garlic Scape Pesto
1 c. garlic scapes, cut in 1/4 inch slices
1/3 c. pine nuts
3/4 c. olive oil
1/2 c. Parmesan
1/2 t. salt
Combine scapes and nuts in a blender or food processor. Drizzle in oil. Mix in cheese by hand, add salt to taste.
For 1/2 lb. pasta, use about 2 T. pesto.