Garlic Scape Pesto

People get all excited about ramps, but scapes are a lot more fun. Scapes look like they were invented by Cirque du Soleil. They are the quirky, twirly, tendrils from a young garlic bulb that have have just turned up in farmer’s markets and will only last through the end of June. I highly recommend that you buy as many as you can get your hands on.

When I first discovered them last summer, I chopped and sauteed them with chard and kale in lieu of regular garlic. The flavor is strong, but without the pungency of garlic. In other words, you’re still able to have a fabulous make-out session after a meal made with scapes.

Tonight, I chopped them up and mixed them into scrambled eggs. This weekend, I’m going to make a trip to the Inwood farmer’s market and buy a few dozen to turn into pesto, which I can freeze and use for months to come.

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  1. Lara O'Brien says

    Love this recipe. Here in Canada we call them ramps. If I remember correctly Otto in NYC does a great ramp pizza. They are great when roasted – they really sweeten up and I like to put them in omelettes too!

  2. sarah t says

    thanks for this–i am also entangled in csa scapes! roasted some last week and snacked on them by themselves–so good. think i’ll try eggs ‘n scapes for breakfast tomorrow, and this recipe, for sure. and thanks to lara for the pizza idea, mmm!!

  3. wino says

    I believe ramps and garlic scapes are very different. Both are wonderful, but they are different plants. I make pesto with both of them.

    • Casey BarberCasey says

      Wino is right – ramps and scapes are two different (but both incredibly tasty) greens. Scapes are the flowering shoots put forth by members of the allium family – leeks, garlic, onions, and so on – with the small green buds, while ramps are essentially wild leeks and look like a cross between a leek and a scallion with white bulb roots. And yes, you can use both for pesto!