Scapes are a thing



scape
skāp/
noun
  1. 1.
    BOTANY
    a long, leafless flower stalk coming directly from a root.

One of my favorite Spring rituals is the appearance of scapes at the local market.  As the definition explains, scapes are flower stalks that rise from the root of a plant, and in this case, garlic.  They need to be cut early in the growing season so they don't take nutrients away from the actual garlic bulb that isn't harvested until later in the year. They are a great addition to many recipes, and taste like a cross between a green onion and garlic.  

Scapes are great tossed in a stir fry, in some scrambled eggs, and especially good in pesto and hummus.  Here are a few of my favorite scape recipes.




Scape Pesto

This is a fun riff on a classic Italian pasta sauce. Scapes are substituted for the basil in the traditional recipe and the result is a brilliant green sauce that packs a lot of flavor.

- Ingredients -

1/4 cup pine nuts
3/4 cup coarsely chopped garlic scapes

Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 - 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
- Tools - 
Weston Professional Blender  (coming Summer 2017)

How To 

  1. Add pine nuts and scapes to blender and pulse to mix
  2. Add lemon juice and zest and pulse
  3. Turn on blender to medium speed and with it running slowly drizzle olive oil to mix
  4. Add cheese and combine
  5. Season with salt and pepper

Pro Tip:  If you are serving pesto with pasta, combine a few spoons of pesto with a cup of pasta water to mix in bowl before adding pasta 







Scape Hummus

This is a spicy variation on a classic Mediterranean dip. Scapes are substituted for the garlic in the traditional recipe.

- Ingredients -

3 15 oz cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup tahini
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 - 1/2 cup chopped garlic scapes
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt


- Tools - 
Weston Professional Blender  (coming Summer 2017)

How To 

  1. Pulse scapes in blender until broken up
  2. Add garbanzo beans, tahini and lemon juice and blend until smooth
  3. Add water as needed to thin
  4. Slowly drizzle olive oil into mixture
  5. Add salt and cumin and blend a final tim

Pro Tip:  When serving hummus, drizzle olive oil over top and dust with cumin for effect


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