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Garlic, Great-headed

Elephant garlic

Amaryllidaceae Allium ampeloprasum L. (Great-headed garlic group)

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Plants have appearance of very robust garlic plants. Great-headed garlic forms large flower heads which usually lack bulblets. It may produce a cluster of several cloves similar to garlic, or a single massive bulb, with small bulblets around its main bulb. The bulb flavor is intermediate between onion and garlic. Cultural practices are similar to those for garlic. The bulbs are developed entirely underground. Great-headed garlic is grown in many home gardens, but rarely as a commercial crop.

Season, setting to harvest: About 8 months.

Production in U.S.: No data separate from garlic. Mainly in home gardens.

Use: Culinary, and as part of stews and soups.

Part of plant consumed: Bulb only. Last update February 18, 1999 by ch