Single Clove garlic 30 Bulbs, Single Bulb form of ElephantGarlic herbs thai.
Elephantgarlic (Allium ampeloprasum var. ampeloprasum) is a perennial plant belongingto the onion genus. It is not a true garlic, but actually a variant of thegarden leek. It has a tall, solid, flowering stalk and broad, flat leaves muchlike those of the leek, but forms a bulb consisting of very large, garlic-likecloves. The flavor of these, while not exactly like garlic, is much moresimilar to garlic than to leeks. The flavor is milder than garlic, and muchmore palatable to some people than garlic when used raw as in salads.
Bulb size ofelephant garlic
The maturebulb is broken up into cloves which are quite large and with papery skins andthese are used for both culinary purposes and propagation. There are also muchsmaller cloves with a hard shell which grow on the outside of the bulb. Manygardeners often ignore these, but if they are planted, they will in their firstyear produce a non-flowering plant which has a solid bulb, essentially a singlelarge clove. In their second year, this single clove will then, like a normalbulb, divide into many separate cloves. While it may take an extra year, it isdesirable to plant these small bulbils (several can be produced by each bulb)and the harvest increased, though delayed a year (but will allow you to eatmore of your main crop, having these "back up" bulbils growing intofull-sized elephant garlic bulbs in their second year).
Unlike manygarlics, elephant garlic does not have to be harvested or divided each year;but can be ignored and left in the ground without much risk of rotting. Theplant, if left alone, will spread into a clump with many flowering heads (onestalk and flower from each clove, once the bulb divides). These are often leftin flower gardens as an ornamental and to discourage pests. Of course, oncethey get over crowded, the plant may not do as well, and growth will bestunted, and there may be some rotting.
As growingany root crop, the best method is to dig down a foot in your normal gardensoil, and then add about 1 5-gallon bucket each of sand, granite dust, andhumus/peat moss, per each 2 x 2 to 3 - 3 section, mixing the soil well, andsome well-aged manure as top dressing will never hurt. The granite dust andsand help loosen the soil, help with drainage, humus will absorb extra moisturelater to be absorbed by the plant roots, and also makes weeding and harvestingmuch easier, in addition to helping produce larger and better-formed rootcrops. Mulch, chopped leaves, and/or sawdust added to the surface of the gardenarea will also help keep weeds down and provide nutrients once the amendmentsbegin to decompose into good "black gold" as some gardeners refer toit.
The immatureplant tops can be topped off (cut) when the plant is young and they are stilltender, as can be done with onions, and chives, along with the very immatureflower bud, and are called scapes. They can be pickled, lacto-fermented, stirfried, added to soups, etc. The scapes (whether elephant garlic, garlic, onion,chive, garlic chive) can also be frozen in a zip lock bag without any cooking,and they will generally remain fresh for a year or so without freezer burn, tobe added to any soup, stew, stir fry, etc. Topping the plants off also helpsmore of the plants energy to be directed toward the bulb. Since seed is notgenerally gathered from elephant garlic, this is the best utilization ofresources and helps the bulb, though it does detract from the aesthetic value;though of course you can leave a few scapes to mature to into stalks to flower.
Like regulargarlic, elephant garlic can be roasted whole on the grill or baked in the oven,and then used as a spread with butter on toast. Fresh Elephant garlic containsa lot of moisture and will foam up like boiling potatoes, whether on the stoveor in a glass dish in the oven. Drying in the basement for a few months willreduce the moisture content, and also bring out a fuller flavor.
When crushedand then analyzed using a DART ion source, elephant garlic has been shown toproduce both allicin, found in garlic, and syn-propanethial-S-oxide (onionlachrymatory factor), found in onion and leek, but absent in garlic, consistentwith the classification of elephant garlic as a closer relative of leek than ofgarlic.
ElephantGarlic is suitable for being planted at two different times of the year: springand autumn. In warmer areas it can be grown over winter for a late Springharvest.
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