Garlic that is not garlic !

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Kleftiwallah

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Garlic that is not garlic !
« on: September 08, 2014, 16:21 »

I planted some garlic I brought home from Greece,  it grew like garlic, even down to scapes but the cloves are huge, slightly opalescent flesh inside very tough brown skin.  They only grew three or four huge cloves to each plant and with absolutely no garlic smell or taste at all.

I'm stumped.   Cheers,   Tony. ???
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Re: Garlic that is not garlic !
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2014, 16:44 »
Elephant garlic?

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Re: Garlic that is not garlic !
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2014, 17:14 »
Very probably.

Elephant garlic is not garlic at all and is a relative of the leek. I grew it once and did not bother repeating the experience.
Did it really tell you to do THAT on the packet?

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Re: Garlic that is not garlic !
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2014, 17:18 »

Tiz the first time I've come across trhe stuff.  Yet another waste of garden space.  Thanks for the informative replies.

Cheers,   Tony.

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Re: Garlic that is not garlic !
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2014, 18:26 »
Yet another waste of garden space.
You gonna start a What Not To Grow thread then? :)

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Re: Garlic that is not garlic !
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2014, 22:33 »
Yet another waste of garden space.
You gonna start a What Not To Grow thread then? :)
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Re: Garlic that is not garlic !
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2014, 13:46 »

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Re: Garlic that is not garlic !
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2014, 00:37 »
Elephant garlic is great to throw into the sunday roasting pan 25 minutes before the roast is done..... delicious
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Re: Garlic that is not garlic !
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2014, 16:59 »
I love elephant garlic and add it to soups, stews, roasts etc. My plot neighbours are always asking if I have spare cloves, so it is very popular. It has a different taste from garlic and has many uses. It will also store for over a year with no problems.

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Re: Garlic that is not garlic !
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2014, 08:23 »

Tiz the first time I've come across trhe stuff.  Yet another waste of garden space.  Thanks for the informative replies.

Cheers,   Tony.
Oh man, what shall we do with you? Fancy not liking elephant garlic!  :nowink: I've grown it for years and converted the local plot holders.

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Re: Garlic that is not garlic !
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2014, 09:30 »
I guess it's simply a case of knowing what you want from it.  If you want proper garlic, it's no use despite the name and you'll be disappointed; if you know what it's like and choose it for those reasons, you'll be happy!  :D
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