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PostPosted: Nov 5th, '08, 17:33 
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elephant garlic is apparently a different species to normal garlic. it is closely related to leeks.
there is more info from greenharvest, but I don't have time to type it up just now

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 Post subject: Re: Growing Garlic
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Planted some today. Will see how they go. Our winters are getting more like our summers now anyway. :lol:

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Jaymie wrote:
elephant garlic is apparently a different species to normal garlic. it is closely related to leeks.
there is more info from greenharvest, but I don't have time to type it up just now


OK .... Jaymie ....... I was just curious - - was hoping you could grow it in AP all year.
Garlick will not grow (in the soil) during our summer here - - I tried.

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Planted some today. Will see how they go. Our winters are getting more like our summers now anyway. :lol:


What did you plant .... Elephant or just normal garlick?
Will be interesting to see if it germinates/grows :D


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umm, I planted it in April? I haven't harvested it yet. Apparently it flowers every second year, and I was waiting for it to do the other garlic thing and die back. It's still growing 8)

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Just run of the mill garlic from the supermarket. It should germinate okay I've grown it before just forgot to water it. :mrgreen: Planted a bag of 8ish in a protected part of the garden.

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Ran out of pickled garlic. :cry: Decided to try fresh garlic :shock: :puke:Needs to be pickled. Nice after taste and the reaction from the other half was worth the effort. :twisted:

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Elephant garlic is not true garlic. It is actually a mild garlic flavored Leek. Raised in much the same way (other than the die back thing apparently) and can be prepared much like garlic or used like Leeks. I believe in the right climate, elephant garlic can be a perennial.

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Its out of the ground, darn that was fast. At least 50mm. Covered a nice area for only 9.

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Elephant garlic is definitley more perishable than ordinary garlic when storing..... discovered to my dismay. But a super plant to grow.

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Pickled 500g of garlic today. Same amount as I planted in the garden. Added a cup of vinegar a tbs of salt, some cloves and Oregano. Got another bag of garlic to try in a weeks time. If the first batch works.

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All was going well with the garlic. It even started to taste good pickled. Then the garlic started to turn blue. I like blue as a color but think I might have stuffed up there somewhere. :brilsmurf:

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from http://www.gourmetgarlicgardens.com/pickle.htm

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Garlic Can Turn Blue
Raw garlic contains an enzyme that if not inactivated by heating reacts with sulfur (in the garlic) and copper (from water or utensils) to form blue copper sulfate. The garlic is still safe to eat. Garlic can turn Green
If the garlic was not fully mature or dry, pigments in the garlic may turn green when in the presence of acid. Garlic will also turn green (develop chlorophyll) if exposed to an temperature change or is exposed to sunlight. Some people say it can be stored for 32 days at or above 70 - 80° F to prevent greening, but I'm not yet sure that is true. Green garlic is safe to eat.

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I'm not very knowledgable on the preserving front, but do know that garlic can kill you if not treated properly. Mind you, this should not be a problem if sufficient acidity present, which you seem to have with the vinegar.


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