I am no authority on garlic. This was the first year I ever planted it. But here’s what this newbie can tell you.
1. The fourth of July signals the time to harvest your garlic (at least here in the north east).
2. Garlic is extremely easy to grow.
3. When you see these whip-like curly things growing out of the top of your plant (they’re called scapes), definitely chop them up and make some yummy pesto. Here’s the deal, if you love the taste of garlic but find it can over power a recipe, garlic scapes are the perfect balance of taste and modesty.
Here is slightly improvised, but totally delicious recipe for Garlic Scape Pistachio Pesto.
3/4 cup chopped garlic scapes
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Pistachios
A splash of lemon juice
Pulse all ingredients on a food processor until you get to a desired consistency. I like mine slightly course, but spreadable.
Now, if you’re going to eat this as a pasta sauce, you’ll need to add about a cup of hot water.
If you’d like to eat it as a fish topping, apply in dabs to your raw fish and then bake it on.