The Adventure of Garlic Scape Pesto …with Peanuts

If you aren’t familiar, a garlic scape is just the top of the garlic plant that contains the flower.  We cut the tops off before they flower so that the plant will have more energy to put into the bulb below ground.


So it was my turn to cook for the Grow Biointensive interns at Ecology Action and we had all these ga

rlic scapes lieing around not getting any love.   I immediately thought Pesto!  Also, we have all these peanuts around because one of our fellow interns, Lamine, is from Sengal and what is a Sengalese man without his ginormous bag of peanuts?  I know garlic scape, peanut pesto might be a little “out of the box thinking” as far as traditional recipes go but that’s how we do it here at Ecology Action.  Here’s what I came up with:

  • 10 scapes de-flowered
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Medium handful of peanuts
  • Salt & pepper to taste
Then you basically load up your blender and blend.  If you’re having trouble blending just pour in a little water to help it liquefy.


As a friend told me the great thing about pesto is that it’s easy to doctor.  I tried some side helpings with a little tahini and lemon mixed in but didn’t like either as well as the straight recipe above.


How to Use the Solar Cooker

Ok I lied – I don’t know how exactly to use the solar cooker – so hopefully someone else will chime in with directions on how to orient the box and all that.  But what I do know is that:

  1. Soaked the beans over night.
  2. Bring to a boil in the morning and place in the cooker (cardboard box, aluminum foil, newspaper insulation, and a piece of glass).
  3. Leave there ’til dinner.
Today was a cloudy cold day and so I put the beans on the stove for another half hour because I wanted them mushy for a paste.

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