Nutrition Tuesday: Garlic Scapes Pesto Recipe

I had planned to write up a post on hydration, but after last night of not sleeping due to a very scared and trembling dog from the constant stream of thunderstorms I’m too exhausted to write one. Bad me. However, tonight was the first distribution from our CSA program so I’ve decided to provide a yummy recipe using a vegetable that I had not previously heard of before till tonight.

Garlic scapes are the “flower stalks” of hardneck garlic plants, but they do not actually produce flowers.  These stalks appear about a month after the first leaves and the stalks are usually cut off the plant because leaving them on will prevent the plant from forming a plump garlic bulb. Many gardeners just throw the scapes away, but they are actually edible and delicious!

Garlic scapes

Garlic Scapes Pesto Recipe
(Adapted from Tara Martine’s Vegan Pesto Recipe)

  • Garlic scapes (about 1.5-2 cups)
  • 3/4 cup Nutritional Yeast (or Parmesan cheese if your not vegan)
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts or Pine Nuts
  • 2/3 cup Olive Oil (might need more depending on the consistency you want)
  • Pepper to taste
Coarsely chop garlic scapes. Add all ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender and blend until desired consistency. Add to pasta or spread on a sandwich. It definitely has a bite to it, but if you like garlic then it’s super yummy!
~Happy Training!
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