Amazing Garlic Scape Pesto

Amazing Garlic Scape Pesto

This is a simple & easy garlic scape and herb pesto that brings out the best of the garlic season. We use it on everything! It’s amazing on bread, pasta, grilled fish, and chicken.

a bunch of garlic scapes tied with twine

What Do Garlic Scapes Taste Like?

Garlic scapes, when picked at the right time, are mild and mellow. The flavor is more subtle than the actual garlic clove. That’s what makes them so lovely. We’ve been growing multiple varieties of garlic for years, and have developed a trained eye to know when to harvest the scapes so they’re at peak freshness. Ideally, the stems are easily pliable and bendable, and the bud is closed tightly and about the size of a large raisin. If you come across scapes that have stiff stems and the bud is dry and halfway opened, those will be bitter.

More Info About Scapes

When thinking about what kind of garlic to grow you’ll see descriptions that mention ‘hard neck’ or ‘soft neck’. The scapes only grow on the hard neck variety. We grow 4 to 5 kinds of hard neck garlic including Russian Red, Music, and Montanna. They will give is scapes so it’s double harvest. Soft neck are also lovely to grow. We like California Early.

If you like Garlic Scape Pesto you might also enjoy GARDEN FRESH BASIL PESTO

Garlic scape is an edible stem & flower that grows out of the garlic stalk. Lovely, light, mellow.
In a food processor add a handful basil, parsley, and garlic scapes. Add 1/2 C olive oil, S&P.
Blend, scrape down sides a few times. That’s it! A bright herb pesto with a smooth garlic flavor.
Use with ricotta, garlic bread, pasta, grilled veggies, fish, roast chicken, seared steak.
Look for garlic scapes at your local farmer’s market or plant your own! Get a ‘hard neck’ variety.
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Garlic Scape Pesto

A brilliant garlic scape and herb pesto that brings out the best of the garlic season. Mild, mellow, and lovely flavors. Perfect for pasta, breads, ricotta, grilled veggies, fish, chicken, and beef.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 209 kcal


  • 1 cup fresh herbs parsley, basil
  • 1 cup garlic scapes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Blend all in a food processor and mix until smooth.
    Store in an airtight jar and top with some olive oil to keep a fresh green color.


Calories: 209kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 2gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 11mgPotassium: 55mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 842IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 1mg
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We purchase garlic cloves to sow in the fall. They’ll winter over in the ground and come up in the spring. They’re easy to grow and there are so many varieties to choose from. Gurneys is a dependable source that we like.