Ever seen Elephant Garlic? Sadly for us gardeners it doesn’t actually look like an elephant, it’s the size of the cloves the name refers to. It is truly monstrous.
I’m reliably informed it’s part of the Leek family, but it grows, looks and tastes like garlic. Garlic lovers, and I’m certainly one should look out for these beauties. And if you do grow some it produces the most beautiful Allium flowers, those lovely mauve coloured balls. Oh, and it’s tall growing, approximately 5 ft. I planted this years crop in a flower border, and sat back on sunny days and watched as the bees and butterflies gathered around them.
A recipe for garlic lovers – Roasted Garlic
The best way to eat these gems is to roast them, separate out the cloves, leave the skins on and then put them in an oven dish with some olive oil and roast for about 40 minutes.
To eat, simply peel the skins off. As with any garlic that is roasted, it takes on a sweet but deeper flavour. You can eat them alongside other roasted vegetables, in with pasta, or spread some on a piece of toasted bread.
And for comparison purposes, here’s a bulb of elephant garlic alongside a standard bulb of garlic. You get the picture?!