Seed Swaps

Garlic Scapes

29 Jun 2012
Sunny 24°C / 75°F

Harvested 56 garlic scapes from about 1/4 of my garlic crop.

I made two batches of garlic pesto ala LouiseM.

I was skeptical about using walnuts instead of pine nuts because I had walnut basil pesto a couple of times and didn’t like it but maybe those particularly had other ingredients in them like parsley. Anyway, I made a batch of each; one with pine nuts and one with walnuts. I like the garlic scape pesto with the walnuts better than that made with pine nuts so, I combined the two batches. In the future I’ll only use walnuts. I will try a basil pesto using walnuts and see if I’ve evolved. Would be nice; pine nuts are so expensive. I froze it all, making a special small container to share with my lady friends at our gathering next Wednesday and see how they like it. I don’t think any of them are familiar.

I have to freeze my basil and now garlic scape pestos because raw garlic doesn’t sit well with me; too strong for my stomach; freezing ‘mellows’ it out to eliminate that problem.

This has turned into a ‘life’ journal rather than a garden journal. My bad.




nothing wrong with journalling about how you use your produce! you good!

Posted on 29 Jun 12 (almost 4 years ago)

Pesto is still something I have to try making – sounds simple enough, just haven’t got round to it (don’t like the stuff in jars). I hadn’t thought of using the scapes for this, though I didn’t have that many – not like you if that is only about 1/4 of your crop, you must have a lot of garlic to harvest. That’s a good tip, freezing it to mellow, DS2 has the same problem.

Posted on 29 Jun 12 (almost 4 years ago)

I think that the parsley is the thing throwing off your basil pesto. Unless you just don’t like the flavor of basil (?). I personally know some people that hate it, so I guess it’s a possibility.

Posted on 29 Jun 12 (almost 4 years ago)

Yes, sheepandwool, I think it was the parsley that made that particular pesto not taste good to me. It’s wasn’t something I made and never would. My basil pesto is basil, oil, garlic, romano. Basic, simple.

Garlic scapes pesto is good but, never a substitute for basil pesto. I like having both of them, now.

seeingeen….try it, you’ll love it. Garlic pesto….1 cup of scapes = about 18 scapes. Basil pesto….basil= buy it if you have to. I make 2 c. basil recipes.

Posted on 29 Jun 12 (almost 4 years ago)

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