Garlic bulbs: Elephant garlic. Allium ampeloprasum var. ampeloprasum.
As the name suggests it’s big garlic. Elephant garlic has a mild flavour, it is more closely related to leeks than smaller garlic bulbs.
Plant passport: A. Allium Ampeloprasum B. GB_NI/9513 C. 1336 D. UK.
How to grow:
Plant elephant garlic in full sunlight from September to February (with best results from October-November plantings). Put the cloves into the soil root base down so the tip is still showing at ground level. Create the hole for the clove as pushing into the soil can damage the root base. Place about 30cms apart. Elephant garlic can grow to 15cms across. Feed with organic seaweed liquid feed in the warmer weather avoiding water-logging. Keep watered in dry weather and until about 3 weeks before harvest when you can start to let them dry out naturally. Harvest June to July.
Prefers full sun and keep well watered, they do well in a fertile soil.
Favourite ways to eat them:
Elephant garlic has a superb mild flavour. It’s suitable for soups, stews, stir-frys. You can roast it whole for a fabulous statement on the dining table.
Garlic is one of our most ancient of crops, evidence suggests ancient civilisations around the mediterranean enjoyed it 5,000 years ago!
Sold by the clove. They are huge, see picture 🙂