Elephant garlic (Allium ampeloprasum) Heirloom Bulb
Organic ,untreated and ready to use in the kitchen or plant in the garden!- No Gmo Heirloom Bulb
1 Bulb Averages 7-9 cloves per bulb.
All of our garlic are untreated and ready to use in the kitchen or plant in the garden!
Garlic growing has a long tradition throughout the country. All of our garlic, onion, and shallot varieties are untreated and ready to use in the kitchen or plant in the garden!
Garlic Seed - Bulbs - California White-Heirloom
Early season garlic harvest!
This is likely the most commonly grown variety in the U.S., and for good reason. It is a large, easy to grow softneck, with a nice mild flavor and excellent storage ability. Cal-Early is one of our "work-horse” varieties we depend on, year after year, for fresh market and garlic braiding. The skins are a nice off-white with a purple blush and it produces 8-10 cloves per head.
Elephant garlic (Allium ampeloprasum) is the source of much confusion and the issue of elephant vs normal size garlic is one with a counter-intuitive outcome.
Many people are attracted to elephant garlic and buy it simply because of its size. They assume that it must be more strongly flavoured than ordinary variety. In fact the opposite is true.
What Is Elephant Garlic?
Elephant garlic is probably more closely related to the leek than to the normal stinking rose. The bulbs are very large and a single bulb can somtimes weigh over a pound each. A single clove of elephant garlic can often be as large as a whole bulb of ordinary garlic. That's a lot of garlic - but is it a lot of flavour?
In terms of strength, I describe elephant garlic as being to garlic what leeks are to onions. The flavour is much less intense and rather sweeter. It has been described - somewhat unkindly - as "garlic for people who don't like garlic".
Garlic can be planted in the spring as soon as the ground can be worked, but fall planting is recommended for most gardeners. Plant in the fall and you'll find that your bulbs are bigger and more flavorful when you harvest the next summer.
In areas that get a hard frost, plant garlic 6 to 8 weeks before that frost. In southern areas, February or March is a better time to plant.
Break apart cloves from bulb a few days before planting, but keep the papery husk on each individual clove.
Plant cloves about one month before the ground freezes.
Ensure soil is well-drained with plenty of organic matter. Select a sunny spot.
Place cloves 4 inches apart and 2 inches deep, in their upright position (the wide root side facing down and pointed end facing up).
Harvest time depends on when you plant, but the clue is to look for yellow tops. Harvest when the tops begin to yellow and fall over, before they are completely dry.
In Northern climates, harvesting will probably be in late July or August. In Southern climates, it will depend on your planting date.
Check the bulb size and wrapper quality; you don't want the wrapper to disintegrate. Dig too early and the bulb will be immature. Discontinue watering.
To harvest, carefully lift the bulbs with a spade or garden fork. Pull the plants, carefully brush off the soil, and let them cure in an airy, shady spot for two weeks. We hang them upside down on a string in bunches of 4 to 6. Make sure all sides get good air ciculation.
The bulbs are cured and ready to store when the wrappers are dry and papery and the roots are dry. The root crown should be hard, and the cloves can be cracked apart easily.
Once the garlic bulbs are dry, you can store them. Remote any dirt and trim off any roots or leaves. Keep the wrappers on—but remote the dirtiest wrappers.
Garlic bulbs may be stored individually with the tops removed, or the dried tops may be braided together to make a garlic braid to hang in the kitchen or storage room.
Bulbs should be stored in a cool (40 degrees F), dark, dry place, and can be kept in the same way for several months. Don't store in your basement if it's moist!
The flavor will increase as the bulbs are dried.
If you plan on planting garlic again next season, save some of your largest, best-formed bulbs to plant again in the fall.