Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic Scape Pesto

A fresh taste of spring and something special to do with garlic scapes.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Servings 4


  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 3/4 cup garlic scapes* coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 Lemon Juice and Zest
  • Black Pepper a few generous grinds
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil extra virgin
  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano grated
  • *or use half scapes and half herbs such as basil, dill or chervil


  • In a small, dry pan set over very low heat, lightly toast the pine nuts, stirring or tossing occasionally until just beginning to brown, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool for a few minutes.
    Combine the scapes, pine nuts, lemon juice and zest, salt, and pepper in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Pulse about 20 times, until fairly well combined. Pour in the olive oil slowly through the feed tube while the motor is running. When the oil is incorporated, transfer the pesto to a bowl and stir in the grated cheese. If you plan to freeze the pesto, wait to add the cheese until after you've defrosted it.
Keyword Basil, chervil, Dill, Garlic Scape, Pesto
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GI Acres is located on the western edge of Grand Island, Nebraska. The garden takes up about half of an acre. We also have chickens, rabbits and bees

Our farm is not USDA Certified Organic and we do not anticipate applying for such status. We strive to produce healthy vegetables using natural methods of fertilizing, building soil, and controlling pests such as insects and weeds. Those healthy vegetables will begin in mid to late May with herbs, asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries. During the season you can expect a variety of greens, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, squash, corn and potatoes along with tips about how to cook and preserve your weekly share. The season will conclude in late September or early October. We aim for a 20-week season.

We did not grow up on farms but we did grow up in families with large gardens, eating a variety of fresh produce and canning/freezing the excess. We have maintained the tradition of growing and preserving food for our family for the past 20+ years. GI Acres is our attempt to share that passion for good food with our community.