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Elephant garlic pics

Posted by John_in_SC z7, upstate SC (My Page) on
Sat, May 29, 04 at 21:11

Hey all

Here are some pics from our Elephant garlic this year. The stalks are about 5' high where the light purple bloom lives.

No idea what kind of leek or elephant garlic this is. It was passed down through an Italian family till it was given to my Mother in Law. She grew it as a flower in her garden... didn't even know you could eat it.

Now they know you can eat it. It makes great Spaghetti and garlic bread.

Best regards


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RE: Elephant garlic pics

That is gorgeous. I want tall garlic like that. It looks so ornamental and yet, so utilitarian. Is eating a utilitarian thing? Well, you get my point. Gorgeous photo. If you ever get more than you need/want ---

RE: Elephant garlic pics

Are you sure that's elephant garlic? Does it make the huge cloves? The flower looks exactly like my ornamental Allium - which has small/medium roundish bulbs - even after years in place. (My Allium leaves are big and stalky like elephant garlic/leek however...and when smelled and eaten - they are clearly more like the onion family than garlic)

The Elephant garlic that we grow here in Oregon is harvested in August, and heads are larger than a baseball within a few years. The seed I've seen (& used) looks nothing like the photo, it is much larger than corn seed, angular and shiny, like a thumbnail.

Here is a link that might be useful: A small Elephant Garlic clove with a large clove of regular puny garlic

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