3 plants for One Price
Top-growth and bulb edible
The offer is for three (3) 12 month-old bulbs or cloves of Elephant Garlic. Each bulb averages 2" in size. These bulbs can either be eaten now or grown out for harvest next fall. These plants have top-growth for more than 10" and may bloom this season.
The plants are grown in an organic enviroment with no use of chemicals. The soil has been ammended with natural kitchen compost so garlic grown from these cloves is edible. Naturally grown garlic bulbs, green top-growth and blossoms are all delightful and healthy additions to the diet. Elephant garlic is one of the easiest species to peel, cook and preserve and has one of the sweetest tastes in the allium family.
Health Benefits of Garlic
Aids in resistance to infection
Assists in keeping blood pressure down
A Little Bit of Garlic History
The first Elephant Garlic cloves were brought to the US by German farmers before the Civil War. Efforts were made then to use it as a cash crop in several Southern States, but with little success. The plant was used, along with other garlic species such as California Grayneck and Red Marker, as rodent deterrents in the home gardens. Elephant Garlic was first listed as a Passalong Plant in the 1930s and became a component in the Listing of plants necessary for a War Garden in the 1940s. It was not until mid-1960s, that garlic became an edible agricultural crop in the US.
Today, Elephant Garlic is considered a specialty herb and highly prized for cooking.
This Texas variant of garlic is heat tolerant and cold-hardy and should be planted with the upper tip just below the soil line. Garlic is a drought-tolerant plant with few maintenance demands in the garden beyond minimal soil amendment and moisture for bulb production.
Once the bulb seed is planted and has started to produce green top-growth, the plant will deter rabbits, deer, and squirrels. It is often inter-planted with roses to deter random 'nibbling'.
When in bloom, the plant is highly attractive to bees and butterflies and Garlic Honey is highly prized. Harvested, the bulb can be roasted or used as any other garlic. Highly nutritious.
Roasted Elephant Garlic
Harvest and clean one (1) mature Elephant Garlic Bulb. Keep bulb segments intact while trimming away approximately 1/2" of the top of the garlic bulb. Place into cooking dish appropriate to size. Lightly brush the tops of the cut cloves with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Roast at 325 deg. for approximately 20 minutes or until cloves are soft. Serve spread on whole-wheat crackers or hard bread for a low-calorie, healthy treat.
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