Photograph © Kerry Michaels
It is garlic scape time here in Maine. I didn't manage to grow them in containers this year--I kept postponing and missed the window. Fortunately, at this time of year, they are abundant at farmers' markets and so far haven't been discovered so they are still relatively inexpensive. My local farm sells them to me for $15. for a five pound bag--that's a lot of scapes.
As I was walking around the market with the huge bag of scapes about 10 people stopped me and asked me what I was going to do with them. My answer? Pesto. Pesto and more pesto.
Garlic scapes make the most fantastic, spicy, garlicy wonderfully bright green pesto that freezes well. I freeze it in small canning jars and we have pesto all winter. Sometimes we mix it with basil pesto that we make and freeze later in the summer.