Fiddlehead Garlic Scape Pesto


SourceRecipe from Meredith Knowles
Prep time5 minutes
Cooking time25 minutes
Total time30 minutes


Vermont fiddleheads are the edible curly tips of the Ostrich fern. They actually get their name from their unique look—the curled top look like the handle of a fiddle! 


1 cup
1/2 cup
garlic scapes
1/2 cup
basil, fresh
1/4 cup
pine nuts
2 cloves
1/2 cup
olive oil
1/4 cup
cheese, parmesan


Clean the fiddleheads of any brown papery covering. Boil them for 15 minutes. Strain the fiddleheads and put them in a food processor. Add the garlic scapes and basil and blend them together. Then add the pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, and parmesan, pulsing the food processor until a paste forms.

To make the recipe vegan, you can substitute crushed walnuts or cashews for the cheese.

Add to pasta or use fresh on toasted pita. This can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 5-7 days.