The garlic I planted some months ago has been growing strong.  I have 3 different varieties, but I have no idea what they are and I thought they were all soft necked.  Not so it seems, I have garlic scapes!!!  I’m so happy to find these curly wonders.  Up until a couple of years ago, I had no idea they existed.  Curiosity has been gnawing at me and now I get to try them!


Garlic scapes are only produced by hard necked garlics.  They arrive in early summer and are nipped off to not take any nutrients away from the bulb.


With brimming curiosity I tried a small part of the curly bulbed stem.  Their flavour is astounding, garlicky, but fresh... like the chive is to the onion.  Its crisp and inviting and I want more!!!!! :)  I have now harvested a handful, my plans are to make pesto and in time some fresh garlic scape pasta to accompany it!






 

I added about 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts to the food processor

Then about a cup of chopped fresh basil

Then my chopped scapes - I had harvested about 10 and put all of them in.

I added a good drzzle of olive oil and processed until it became a smooth blend

I then added a small amount of preserved lemon and a little agave syrup and salt and pepper.

This is to die for good!  I need to increase my garlic planting next year, so I can make this and freeze it.

Adding hard cheese, like parmesan, to this is a winner also, however if you are making it to freeze, freeze it before adding any cheese.  Add the cheese once it is defrosted and ready to use/eat!