Garlic Scape and Grains of Paradise Pistou

May 29, 2012
Garlic Scape and Grains of Paradise Pistou

Author Notes: A crisper drawer full of scapes had me desperate. Despite my best efforts to use them all, the pile was growing. I stole my husband's favorite brewing spice, grains of paradise, and took out my anger via mortar and pestle. Grains of paradise has a light peppery finish, with a touch of astringency.

Makes: 1/2 cup


  • 6-7 Garlic Scapes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon capers, (packed in water or oil)
  • 1 Lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup Good Olive Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Grains of Paradise
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
In This Recipe


  1. Chop the garlic scapes into small segments. Combine the scapes, capers, lemon zest, grains of paradise and sea salt in a food processor or a mortar. If food processor, pulse until it is a chunky paste. Process more if you want a smoother consistently. If using a mortar, beat and mash vigorously with pestle. Mortar and Pestle is a great stress reliever if you've had a really bad day.
  2. Add two tablespoons of lemon juice and beat the ingredients with the pestle some more. Drizzle in the olive oil; mash everything until it is thick and thoroughly combine. There will still be some larger chunks of scapes. I like the chunks- if you don't, keep mashing! If using a food processor, drizzle the olive oil while pulsing.
  3. Use as a marinade, a bruschetta topping. Put this in your minestrone or a soup that needs a little punch. Brightens up poultry.

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